Tuesday, 22 January 2013

The Secrets of Life... of Family, Friends, Community and More


"Ha-ha!" I might hear you say, on seeing this headline, "I must read this... the secrets of life" or, more likely, "not another promise of everlasting joy, health and happiness... I don't believe it!"

Well, maybe you should, but don't get too excited, at least until I've told you what it's about!

So, if I were to tell you that it takes some lessons from classical Greek mythology, a legendary Italian Poet, Dante Alighieri, who is, some say, the father of the Italian language; a knock on the door of our own Poet and Playwright, Mr William Shakespeare, by reference to that famous soliloquy in 'Hamlet', as well as from a little known South African, Eugene N Marais, who did some fascinating and revealing research on the social life of ants; and that it is a poem called... "The Secrets of Life" then will you have a different reaction? Or will you think it's a bit overly preachy?

I hope not and trust you will give it a read and tell me what you think about it and, perhaps, give me your alternative views.

What it does come down to for me is the need for some contentment, a reduction in the stress induced in all of us by, on the one hand a fundamental, genetic and unconscious driving force and, on the other, a conscious material greed; one which can help us survive, the other can cause us to fail to find happiness. There is a balance, somewhere.

I'd like to invite you to read the poem here, and tell me where you think that balance is, for you.

Thank you for reading.

4 comments:

  1. I read your poem and left a comment there. Very well done John.

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  2. ...the need for some contentment, a reduction in the stress induced in all of us by, on the one hand a fundamental, genetic and unconscious driving force and, on the other, a conscious material greed; one which can help us survive, but one also that can cause us to fail to find happiness. There is a balance, somewhere.

    Talk about a lead-in. I'm wondering if you are somehow watching my existence or possibly, we exist on the same plane. I'm heading to your poem now :) I can't wait.

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    1. ...in the same plane, I think, Beth. Thanks for your comment over there too.

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