philosophy

Written by: abubaker m.zain

 You plot and scheme but things 
don't always fall into plan,
I know now what most men might 
learn in a life span,
but all my knowledge of philosophy 
cannot spare,
the rare yet paralyzing storm of 
despair,
my life of mediocrity was traded in,
for a life full of agonizing doubt yet 
one free of sin,

I often wonder how people get 
moved by sayings so plain,
and how do you find the meaning of 
life when life is so mundane,
Nietzsche was supposed to teach 
me how to deal with pain,
Aristotle was supposed to cleanse 
my soul and brain,
how could the pursuit of simplicity 
drive me insane,
perhaps I overestimated what I 
stood to gain,

So I adopted the infamous
Schopenhauerian concept of love,
claiming conspiracy over something 
so rosy as the above,
a life based on rhetoric, a life devoid 
of all romance,
the possibility of which I passed 
when I had my chance,
we the blessed modern beasts claim 
that instincts are for men of the 
past,
"except when it comes to love", a 
paradox my head cannot grasp,

I spent my time of recreation in 
elation
admiring intellectual creation,
which lead to hesitation, stagnation 
and later self-condemnation,
but I stopped fearing the 
unfathomed,
gratefully, profound discontempt 
gracefully unraveled,
I don't promise that you will find 
bliss in midst of the abyss,
but if somehow it's my point that 
you've managed to miss,
its simply the unexamined life isn’t 
worth a drop of piss.

 (From Apology (by Plato) 360 B.C. 
"The unexamined life is not worth 
living" said Socrates before his 
execution.)