You Were Born Behind Enemy Lines

by Eric Chaet

You were born behind enemy lines.

Those among whom you live want to help you adjust
to being ruled by conquerors
or to being one of the conquerors.

Either way
you lose your one & only opportunity to be fully human.

Humans have the greatest potential of any beings on Earth—
tho it’s true that we are capable of doing the most damage
& that we have done the most damage.

Fulfillment requires facing the real situation
which will offend those among whom you live
(so much that they’ll be dangerous)
knowing yourself & considering everyone else
& refusing to be oppressor or oppressed.

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