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UKArchive ID: 36561Your own by ifyouplease
Originally published on May 27, 2016 in Poetry

to Yannis and Char



There is no road
that's not created
by the path of
your choice.

There is no choice
that's not instigated
by the necessity of
your needs.

There are few needs
that are necessarily
your own,

and they are extinguishable.

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UKArchive ID: 36561
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Kipper on 02-06-2016
Your own
Your Own. Three positive statements to consider.
No doubt about the first two, but the third had me thinking for it contains two parts, the first of which is, like those before, easily acceptable. The last line however introduces a connundrum which so far I have not solved.
A very interesting concept well presented. Perhaps time, or you, will enlighten me.
Michael.

Author's Reply:
extinguishable needs, you can always extinguish even your real needs those that are necessarily your own before you proceed with choosing. what would you do then? no need to choose also any more. you can look back and see how many times have you chosen a path in life based on your own needs. it's about self-examination. the goal is enlightenment. enlightenment cannot happen if you don't distinguish which needs are your own and extinguish the ones that are. what's not really your own why should it be part of your life after all. what's really your own is extinguishable once you take control, once you become enlightened.

Kipper on 02-06-2016
Your own
Your Own. Three positive statements to consider.
No doubt about the first two, but the third had me thinking for it contains two parts, the first of which is, like those before, easily acceptable. The last line however introduces a connundrum which so far I have not solved.
A very interesting concept well presented. Perhaps time, or you, will enlighten me.
Michael.

Author's Reply:
about the three positive statements, actually it 2:1. 2 negative and 1 positive. the positive is the most difficult to achieve. so intentionally i wrote

there is no road
there is no choice
there are few needs

to describe exactly what we all mortals experience and those who achieve the positive statement experience enlightenment too. only the last strophe is positive, the other two are negative (alluring yes, charming, part of "life" evil or not). being mortal is trapped in some sort of enticing duality, this or that, when there IS in reality only one truth about oneself - one can extinguish his own needs before making any choice. can we sacrifice our mortality's temptations for enlightenment? permanent zen in the now.

pdemitchell on 02-06-2016
Your own
Powerful short comment-piece - which I enjoyed as poking thought-provoking often does. Mitch

Author's Reply:
thank you Mitch

Nic

Rosco on 24-06-2016
Your own
Saw that last line coming from the scope of your weapon.

Author's Reply:
my father has been promoted. recently.