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The Reasons Why

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The Reasons Why

Humanity is an indoctrinated system, there are sheep and there are shepherds. 
We are selfish, mindless, and prone to mindless self indulgences. 
We have squashed old systems, created new ones, then destroyed those-
constantly in search for "better" than what ever it is that we have.

It is in our nature to divide and conquer. To take what we can, and to sacrifice
as little as possible. If movies, books, stories, or my own poems have ever led you 
to believe that unconditional love is real, selfless survival is possible, or that 
you can ever live your life without burning desire for things you'll never attain, well, you have been mislead. 

I will tell you this, it is possible to train your own mentality. It is possible to exercise 
your capacity for compassion, the will to control your impulses, and the ability
to refrain from inflicting emotional or physical pain on others. What it comes down to
is your inner demon. 

What every aspect of your natural instincts (and environmental
conditions) connect at one point as, is what you believe to be worth fighting for-
What you believe to be the purpose for your life, what ever it is you believe holds
your life together. I have not found purpose. I have not found meaning. 

I have cherished every droplet of love from every turbulent love affair. 
I have savored every droplet of alcohol I've poured down my throat in hopes of drowning my own self-perpetuated sorrow. 
I have sought love in people I knew could never return it.
I have pushed away people who reciprocated my false intentions.
I have proven
to myself time and time again, that I do not seek happiness, but a reality that hides
from itself, and an illusion I can control, just so I am certain of one thing: Failure.

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  1. Date: 9/15/2013 11:15:00 PM
    Though humanity is not working,it's there in our mind.We need to out it from our greed,selfishness....a very good theme you give here and i loved it.Thank you and have a great day ahead

  1. Date: 7/30/2013 6:19:00 PM
    I see the philosophy runs deeper than just some greek words. Happiness, from the Plato view, is something that is truly very hard to achieve, and honestly is very close to understanding reality. To achieve happiness we must truly understand the form of The Good, which contains all the other forms and ultimately everything. Therefore knowledge of this is knowledge of everything, well I should say EVERYTHING, but oh how hard that is to achieve, especially in an imperical world. GREAT WORK.

  1. Date: 7/12/2013 8:00:00 AM
    A tremendously deep piece. May success become more certain, than not. :) Awesome job!

  1. Date: 7/12/2013 6:50:00 AM
    You have brought a lot of thoughts to my head my friend, a very intriguing write my friend! I really loved reading this amazing and thought provoking poem here this morning! What a beautiful piece, such a grand verse, Great Work!!

  1. Date: 7/12/2013 1:27:00 AM
    what happens to us is a reflection of what we do to ourselves within us...nice poem, thought provoking.