by Eric Chaet

My neighbors imagine they have achieved
what events beyond their control & understanding
have dealt them—
because they’ve invested some effort.

Probably all people do likewise—
tho I haven’t traveled the world
or met & understood everyone breathing—
so it’s only a working hypothesis.

I struggle not to delude myself so—
& then to do more than not delude myself
but—while surviving somehow—
to make my life part
of transforming human behavior
from its birth
to whatever it’s making of itself.

Tho we’re drowning in delusion so far
we have such potential—so much awareness—
we can remember, analyze, think ahead—
we can acquire better understanding & skills.

But I’m usually overwhelmed, & all too eager
to be reassured by people who are deluded!


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