Posted by Ben Naga
They lay down the rules
Here on the crest of the wave
We revision them
Posted on September 14, 2014, in Poetry, Senryu and tagged Freedom, Life, Love, Poetry, Politics, Senryu, The future. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.
Rules and I don’t seem to have ever really hit it off very well.
I have no real problem with the ones I agree with, just the other kind. 😉
Go with the flow.
Agreed. However, quite frequently what may appear to be the flow is no more than what is conventional, popular, fashionable or convenient. The true flow may present itself more subtly and not be easily discerned by the superficial observer.
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It all depends on the ocean and the atmosphere we’re in. Stormy or calm seas. 🙂
The calmer we are the more likely we are to see what is going on beneath the surface. 🙂
Bending rules, not breaking them, is the art of survival.
That which will not bend is in danger of breaking. Or being broken. But then again there are times when it is time not to bend lest one’s soul is broken.
You yourself have indeed taken a stand now and again I believe, 🙂
I’m not sure if you mean what I’m interpreting from your words, but I think about this a LOT. We protect species, enact clean air legislation, women’s rights to their own bodies, etc. Then these laws are simply reversed one day when enough politicians decide they don’t like them. All that effort, and for what? To realize, I presume, that activism is at the heart of any true democracy, the way that mindfulness is core to any effective spiritual life practice. Nice post.
Thank you, Bela. I suppose I often write to get folk thinking. After that it’s up to them. 🙂
I am always amused at how similar we use words.. Act. Action, Auction, Activate. and Activism .. One slip of a letter here and there meaning totally different.. Guess that goes for the Activist too..
Napoleon, for example, always wanted to be long.
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