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Life Swamps of Sameness

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Val enjoys writing prose in rhymes by always leaving a message of a life truism in each piece.

Introduction

After finding enough motivation, and should I also say courage, I made some daring steps down the rabbit hole of our hidden human truth. What I faced there was a swamp of sameness in the fundamental human mentality.

It seems like it hasn't changed much since the times when people lived of a sword and spear -- if not since further back in past, while only some new contents have filled the old molds.

For an off hand example, tendencies of modern neo-imperialism, political intimidation and coercion, economic terrorism and military force -- despite their sophisticated and covert strategies and false justification -- only have their roots in our ancestral primitivism of all those empires of the past.

Now, on a more individual level, we are allowing the expression of our inherited "stupidity gene", repeating the patterns of childhood's emotional immaturity and just giving them some new variants.

Basically, nature seems to repeat its patterns, sometimes called "fractals". In my high school biology I learned that phrase: "Endogenesis is a short recapitulation of filogenesis" -- meaning that, from an embryo on, we are going through developmental stages from a single-cell organism all the way up to a homo sapiens.

It seems like we keep replaying the same crap of those previous stages, somehow reluctant to sever that genetic umbilical cord and step into a new phase of consciousness evolution, by giving expression to those more dignifying genes in our genome.

Until that happy moment arrives, we are bound to see more of the history repeating itself through greed, arrogance, territoriality, and thirst for power -- and our personal lives repeating patterns of learned emotionalism, obsolete beliefs, and other patterns picked up during childhood's lack of reasoning.

The following two pieces of my prose in rhymes are touching this very tendency of staying stuck at an earlier age, if not also in those animalistic, primitive times of the self-perpetuating history.

Our Mental Swamps with Some Prehistoric Beasts in Stale, Murky Waters -- Refusing to Allow Fresh Waters to Turn It into an Ever Flowing River. --  Val Karas

Our Mental Swamps with Some Prehistoric Beasts in Stale, Murky Waters -- Refusing to Allow Fresh Waters to Turn It into an Ever Flowing River. -- Val Karas

I'd never just want to do what everybody else did. I'd be contributing to the sameness of everything.

-- Don Van Vliet

Reinventing the Wheel All Over

Using those same models of the ancestral living

we are keeping busy reinventing the wheel

just becoming masters at self-deceiving

as life somehow stays the same deal.


Toys being different but players don't change

we love and we kill and do everything same

all that just fitting within that primitive range

except that we may give it a better name.


We are repeating thoughts of the last year

and they may fall just heavier on our pride

with many New Year's resolutions still there

buried back in the past although never died.


So we see new movies, and we wear new shoes

but other than new toys we give life nothing more

stuck somewhere in past millennia we still refuse

to reinvent ourselves, our human truth, our core.


Could we wake up different and willing to outgrow

our ancestors' nature, with all their model of being

reinventing progress of life and redirecting the flow

to see a different reality than we have been seeing.

Beliefs Are Deliberate Mental Constructs, and Anything Subject to Belief Is Not Fact.-- Val Karas

Beliefs Are Deliberate Mental Constructs, and Anything Subject to Belief Is Not Fact.-- Val Karas

A thing is not necessarily true because a man died for it.

-- Oscar Wilde

Scared to Challenge Our Beliefs

We secretly wonder what god is all about

is that story about him believable or it's not

but turn scared shitless to express that doubt

as if punishment is due for that kind of thought.


I laugh at that reluctance to challenge a belief

as nothing is too sacred to my probing mind

it takes someone fixated and mentally stiff

to shy away from truth of any other kind.


For it matters not what final truth may be

but we don't even try to see it other way

in thick woods not seeing a single tree

just relying on what the others say.


So I would like to express my appreciation

for world giving me a chance to laugh a lot

over this case of massive mental castration

preventing folks from a liberated thought.


Like bunch of chihuahuas making big noise

we yap about so many unimportant themes

treating them faithfully like our mental toys

lost in self-made mazes of sterile schemes.


Our turning so gullible is like the nature's fluke

putting belief before reason being our curse

while we cling in mind to every holy book

faithful, and yet, just minding our purse.

© 2020 Val Karas

Comments

Val Karas (author) from Canada on December 21, 2020:

Ruby Jean -- You are so right, but it will take time for the people to re-educate themselves in this world that keeps bombarding them with brainwashing stuff. We cannot change the world, but we can do so much about our own beliefs that are not life-promoting and not good for a healthy coexistence.

Thank you for your interesting comment, and -- have yourself a Merry Christmas, my friend, you and your dear ones.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 21, 2020:

I've learned through living that all things taught in childhood are not necessarily true. I have changed my thought's and opinion many times and I will wager they will change as I grow and remain open to learn. We must be careful though, there are a lot of beliefs that are dangerous and care not for mankind. The key is admitting you you may be wrong.

Val Karas (author) from Canada on December 20, 2020:

Peggy -- As a matter of my intellectual preference, I put my individual consciousness before the collective one. I may adopt others' opinions, and I have done a lot of it during my modest studious efforts, but they have to sound right to my intuition.

Beliefs are cheap stuff, we may believe in one thing today and in something totally opposite tomorrow. Even religious fanatics sometimes change their denomination, to continue being fanatics there.

To each their own, but since I am expressing my own opinions on HP, I think that beliefs have hijacked man's capacity for open mind's reasoning -- which keeps the progress stuck at level of a dogma.

Anyhow, thank you, Peggy, for the words of praise, as well for your "fan" message. Be well, my friend.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 20, 2020:

Your poems inspire some thought. Not all beliefs are factual, but many people stick to those beliefs like glue. It takes some independent thinking and sometimes some courage to stray from the crowd.