REACH FOR IT

The mind is an ocean . . . I and so many worlds

are rolling there, mysterious, dimly seen!

And our bodies?  Our body is a cup, floating

on the ocean; soon it will fill, and sink. . . .

Not even one bubble will show where it went down.

The spirit is so near that you can’t see it!

But reach for it . . . don’t be a jar

full of water, whose rim is always dry.

Don’t be the rider who gallops all night

and never sees the horse that is beneath him.

Rumi

(translated by Robert Bly)

WHERE A POEM BELONGS

My poems resemble the bread of Egypt–one night

passes over it, and you can’t eat it anymore.

 

So gobble them down now, while they’re still fresh

before the dust of the world settles on them.

 

Where a poem belongs is here, in the warmth of the chest;

out in the world it dies of cold.

 

You’ve seen a fish–put him on dry land,

he quivers for a few minutes, and then is still.

 

And even if you eat my poems while they’re still fresh,

you still have to bring forward many images yourself.

 

Actually, friend, what you’re eating is your own imagination.

These are not just a bunch of old proverbs.

 

Rumi

(translated by Robert Bly)

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #124

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

If it could be guaranteed that someone guilty of armed robbery would not commit another crime, would you favor a punishment involving no prison term?

It would be more likely that someone guilty of murder would not commit another crime than someone guilty of armed robbery.

So I decline to answer this one–the scenario is too implausible.

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #123

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

If a wealthy uncle died and left everything to you, would you fight other relatives who threatened to contest the will unless you shared the estate with them?  Assume you think they have no reasonable claim but may create a bitter enough legal battle to use up most of the inheritance.

Yes, but only on principle.

I’d be likely to share the estate with other relatives, in the first place.

But if they were so greedy and hostile as to threaten to contest the will, they wouldn’t deserve any part of the estate.

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #122

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

If someone you had just hired wasn’t doing a very good job, would you be more inclined to get rid of him or try to help him improve his performance?

I’d be more inclined to try to help him improve his performance.

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #121

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

Would you rather be a respected judge, an acclaimed actor, a renowned athlete, or an admired scientist?

None of the above.

As aforementioned, my two primary talents are public speaking and creative writing.

And as aforementioned, I’d have to be widely appreciated for something else before large audiences would hear me speak.

So I’d like to be widely appreciated for my writing of both poetry and prose–even if only posthumously.

And the only way that could happen is if my writing were published widely enough.

BONNIE BEAUTIFUL!

Van Dyke Brown version of portrait of Bonnie

https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnmeadows/

ALL ARE SEEKING FOR IT

The jewel is lost in the mud, and all are seeking for it;

Some look for it in the east, and some in the west; some in the water and some amongst stones.

But the servant Kabir has appraised it at its true value, and has wrapped it with care in the end of the mantle of his heart.

Kabir

(translated by Rabindranath Tagore)

RUN THAT BY ME AGAIN?

These days, it’s hard to find humor amidst the very dangerous situations we’re all facing.  So when I do, I hold on to it as well as I can.

The following is an item from news of the weird, a newspaper column by Chuck Shepherd featuring–well, weird-but-true news items that often give me alot of laughs I can really use.

In the latest news of the weird column, however, this first item doesn’t make me laugh, but makes me think.

ALL WAR IS WEIRD, BUT THIS ISIS WAR

As summed up by a Vox.com writer:  “The absurdity runs deep.”  America uses American military equipment to bomb American military equipment that ISIS captured (from inept Iraqi soldiers, inept in part since America disbanded Iraq’s professional military in 2003).  America’s Kurdish allies, fighting ISIS, use inferior Russian weapons they captured in the 1980s.  ISIS has a so-far-safe haven in Syria because America declined to arm moderate Syrian rebels, largely out of fear that radicals like the future ISIS would capture weapons America provided.  “So now (America is) bombing the guns that (it) didn’t mean to give ISIS because (America) didn’t give guns to their enemies because then ISIS might get guns.”

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #120

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

If you were President, would you be willing to help create a powerful global government that could settle all international disputes?  Assume you would have to agree to all its decisions?

Wow–some of Dr. Stock’s questions are downright prophetic (considering that this book was published in 1991–just before globalization became the nightmare it is today)!

If I were President, I would absolutely not be willing to help create a global government of any kind.

It was arguably a mistake to create the League of Nations, and later the United Nations, in the first place.


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