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To See or Not To See

Mediocre media meddlesome and controlling

internet savagery savvy with its mastery

solicited salacious slander

slit tongue in cheek

sneaky in delivery

slippery innuendos

wet with wry wit

Don’t pardon the pundits

how dumb can someone be

in finding fun

from 15 minutes of infamy

the cost to be a hot commodity

comes with serious third degree burns  

caused by a furnace fueled by hell’s fire

so quick to tell sinister crossroad demons 

all your heart’s desire

then offering your soul 

in exchange for earthly riches

and unforgivably forgetting 

the most obvious truth

the devil’s a liar

So what now is your fantasy

your plan to be

more than you can possibly

achieve

in one lifetime 

many minds fail to see

the sweet simplicity 

of this tried and true maxim:

Live your own life 

and not vicariously 

through others

whose only reality

is what’s contrived

by dimwits and charlatans 

nonsense writers and conspiring actors

in debt to hedonistic pursuits

parlayed into profiting off of 

ignorance displayed on tv 

or across movie screens

where we are pushed to the limits

of moral bankruptcy in a society 

catering to anxiety and animus 

as though any sense of direction is scoffed at

like it’s a barrier against self-expression

and our only self-defense mechanism

is not to willingly and blindly 

give in to this superficial system

So turn off the radios and ipods

put the android phones and ipads down

let your mind go

free

as a matter of fact 

turn off the internet 

after you finish reading this

obviously 

then reflect internally

if not for an extended time

then for a brief moment

at least a few times a week

and engage in an internal dialogue

on what it means to live 

as a human 

being …

essentially, life is 

our responsibility

the will and the way

to see or not to see 

on what it means to ‘be’ 

your self.

Sometimes the Golden Rule is not so golden

As the saying goes: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” I respect and do my best to abide by this maxim for reciprocity of positivity and growth, however, there are those who choose to do otherwise. This comes to mind when considering another saying: "Misery loves company." If someone loves misery, wouldn’t that mean they would cause misery to others in order to receive more of the same? Wouldn’t this be a twisted version of the Golden Rule? Basically it then becomes fool’s gold, because only a fool can cause misery to others and love doing so.

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