Are We Capable? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“What people want is not the easy peaceful life that allows us to think of our unhappy condition, nor the dangers of war, nor the burdens of office, but the agitation that takes our mind off it and diverts us.” Blaise Pascal

Are We Capable?

Do we only find meaning in what we make,
are we capable of attending to the natural world,
to wait on events not of our doing or control,
or is our attention fragile, a result of distraction?

Are we capable of attending to the natural world,
to challenge ourselves to be present to the issues,
or is our attention fragile, a result of distraction,
always seeking, always grasping, never waiting.

To challenge ourselves to be present to the issues,
suspending our search for a heroic intervention,
always seeking, always grasping, never waiting,
time to end the denial that the planet is terminal.

Suspending our search for a heroic intervention,
to wait on events not of our doing or control,
time to end the denial that the planet is terminal,
do we only find meaning in what we make?


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21 responses to “Are We Capable? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Blaise Pascal was kind of a weird guy, thinking that humanity was thoroughly wretched. He felt people were innately selfish, really despising each other, vain, self-deceiving, unable to focus on the good, always chasing after one imaginary lure or other.

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  2. This is a very sobering poem. We all need to ask ourselves that question.

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  3. lync56

    I love your pantoums – your the master of these

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  4. I fully agree with Liz’ comment. Let’s our brains works for what is the essence of our life. xx Michael

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  5. A good reflection Paul. If only people focused on what they are doing or making. But it’s not even that. It’s what they are… absorbing? Consuming? There is not much making any more. Or is there?
    e.g. Macron is changing the name of his party to “Renaissance”. He is not changing the party, not changing the leadership, not changing the programme or vision (he has none). He is just changing the name…
    Sigh.
    Bon week-end.

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  6. Even If only 25% humans of the world take the message 50% lives will be changed!

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  7. With the world full of distractions, and our attraction to them, the key is to always decipher if what we follow is real or made up.

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    • Yes, as the ancient Hindu warning asks – beware of Maya, beware of deception, we so willingly believe in fairy tales rather than facing the moment.

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