Ignorance

How do you know but ev’ry Bird that cuts the airy way,
Is an immense world of delight, clos’d by your senses five?
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

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Crammed in the confined cabin of our senses
How can we humans know infinity?
We move within our limited defences,
Attempt in vain to chart eternity.

What arrogance that claims to seek for knowledge
Or understanding of the vast beyond,
One tiny glimpse outside our goldfish bowl
Into the endless universal pond.

Our selfish drives determine and degrade us
And meanwhile conflict rules within our bounds.
The peace pervading heaven must evade us
Till altruism triumphs and abounds.

Escape the ego, silence inward chatter,
And focus on the things that really matter.

5 thoughts on “Ignorance

  1. Kind of reinforces my thoughts that those of us who make it to Heaven will be surprised by a bunch of things. If often think that God looks down on us and smiles, saying something like, “They are really trying…”

    • Since writing this, I’ve heard the term “chattering monkey” as used by Zen Buddhists. So not as original as I thought. But still, glad you liked it.

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