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The Bottom Line

To feel good
as a human being,
you must do
what a human being must do

This is not decision-making

Rather, it HAPPENS
as a result
of the long journey
from the center of stars,
where the appearance of elements
under the magnificent force of gravity
made possible,
and then necessary,
you and me,
at the beginning cast about
out of giant supernova explosions,
very much later making possible
- and necessary -
our ongoing predicaments,
going about our private businesses
at the forefront of, and the continuation of,
the Big Bang,
and now we must do
what human beings must do:
eat, shit, fuck

And we think we're in charge!
We believe we actually DECIDE
all of what we do!
How ridiculous!

I watch the newly hatched swallows
slowly catching on,
growing into the lifestyles of their kinds

Terns fly from Antarctica to the Arctic
and back,
but do we believe they decide to do that?
No! That is something that HAPPENS!
And it's like that with what we do too,
except that we have the means of reflection

We can ponder, reflect on what we do,
but WHAT we do, on impulses,

Simultaneously, we are the sole species,
as far as we know,
that can be aware of this basic situation,
aware of our awareness,
aware of our self-awareness,
conscious of our consciousness

Not bad for a bunch of elements
spewed out in endless space
by supernova explosions,
forming these bags of organs with our identities,
thereby building places in space – brains -
that really are the Cosmos grappling with itself

We are problem solvers,
building space stations and super computers
out of soil and rock,
reaching back into ourselves as the Cosmos,
but the bottom line being
that we JUST HAPPEN,
precisely like the terns flying
up and down this sphere
with the persuasive force
of a Bruce Springsteen track

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Publicerad 2023-07-14 20:51

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