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Schweitzer's Creed

In his book, "Out of my life and thought" Albert Schweitzer recalls
the afternoon in a boat at Lambarene, where he first conceived
his guiding philosophy, "Reverence for Life".  The staggering
implications of such a seemingly innocuous generality still
confront us today...and perhaps more than ever with recent
discoveries at the sub-atomic level in quantum physics.  But when 
I buried my dad, it came to me that all the contempt I have for 
anything military was compromised somewhat. I thought that day of 
Arlington, when the historic burial rites of the US Army had 
such a profound effect upon me.

           Schweitzer's Creed                                                              

The doctor would have smiled, I think,
in reverie off Lambarene's shores,
to field a posthumous dream--
to learn dry atoms' call to other worlds
can reach and penetrate those alien shells
with marching cadences.
How so like Blake!...who found his universe
within a grain of sand,
for science stops in awe where life begins--
for it begins forever.

Small boats and yes, quixotic ideologies
will never let us be; old lives give way
as sandbars to the river;  the old doctor
takes his bow, steps into history
and smiling still, bequeaths 
a still more monstrous God of life
where even Alpha and Omega yield
to immortality!

Copyright © Robert Ludden

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  1. Date: 4/22/2013 11:08:00 PM
    Amazing....where thoughts lead I must read some of Schweitzer's Creed. Science has always fascinated me and also Quantam Physics although hard to grasp. I read a good book on consciousness "The User Illusion" by Tor Norretranders and I will have to look up the part about the 1/2 second delay where we begin an action before we think of it. It is almost as if all we do is predestined.

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    Date: 4/23/2013 8:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks. You are getting into areas of study that I have enjoyed so much. Do check out Lynn McTaggart's books. I'd love to discuss them with you. And if you want to get into Schweitzer, begin with his "Out of My Life and Thought" -Dean