Self-knowledge

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Self-knowledge

Postby deepbluehum » Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:02 pm

"Know thyself" I know that's something important to do
Because that's what I know Socrates said,
Or maybe it was Plato
Or the Oracle of Delphi

Good thing I already know that's wrong,
Because I know myself,
To be a bungler, a hack,
A good-for-nothing, washed-up has-been.

Wouldn't leave home without my excuse, though.
I'm a sucker, a nut, and a dumb-dumb.
I swallowed all the hooks, lines and sinkers.
Been led by the nose, hood-winked, scammed.

Loved whores, worshipped charlatans and con-men.
They said, "If you eat this, you will lose 70% of your brain matter."
I gave them a little stare, and said, "Okay," and ate it anyway.
I didn't find a point in life until then, so what now?

They said, "If you read this you will end up a homeless, beggar."
"But," they said, "you will get 'omniscient.'" Who doesn't want that?
I held the book in my hands, and not knowing what else, I read it.
Come to find out, omniscience don't mean "omniscience."

So I'm looking at "It doesn't exist." and "It exists."
"It exists and does not exist." and "It neither exists nor does not exist."
Not finding any possibility of "Omniscience," is omniscience enough for me.
That's what I'm going with now, so I can live a life.
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Re: Self-knowledge

Postby edearl » Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:28 pm

:heart: I like the poem.

Subsuming Omniscience would overwhelm me; subsuming miniscience is difficult enough at the moment.

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Re: Self-knowledge

Postby White Lotus » Sat Oct 15, 2011 4:20 pm

Deep Blue, you have been on a rough old journey, but suffering shapes us.
it exists, it doesnt exist, it is free to express itself in any way it wishes! you are freeing up your mind. me too... its an ongoing challenge. well done. (no patronism intended).

best wishes, Tom.
in any matters of importance. dont rely on me. i may not know what i am talking about. take what i say as mere speculation. i am not ordained. nor do i have a formal training. i do believe though that if i am wrong on any point. there are those on this site who i hope will quickly point out my mistakes.
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