Set 9: Let go

1.
before education there were stories
the laughter and the telling

2.
the Greeks were more concerned with honor than death
and we worry, mostly
about how much time we have left

3.
to the degree that religion instills harmony
is religion the work of gods

4.
these are academics:
studying their shoes instead of walking

5.
when you hear something that sounds right
praise the mouth, forget the source

6.
why is Solomon considered wise?
because he had 300 wives

7.
gods make phenomena
to expose what men have in their hearts

8.
math can make for you a door
but there is infinite space between 3 and 4

9.
if we are born to death
it follows that we die to birth

10.
flawed is man’s knowledge
but not his being

11.
America secured her fate at Wounded Knee
readied the stake at Jackson Square
and lit the flame high above Hiroshima
a trinity of unrepentant shame

12.
all war is civil

13.
if the truth is unsettling
than wisdom’s a crime
no wonder Socrates was killed
and Oedipus made blind

14.
when the body sleeps, where goes the soul?
how does it know to get back home?

15.
at the crossroads
the devil ambushes men
a blessing—
for incomplete til then

16.
evil is someone got loose
hated his roots

17.
love cannot be mastered nor coerced
but seized upon and nursed

18.
there is a time in every man’s life
when he must choose his weapon

19.
truth’s essentially a day
never give up on yourself
nor anyone else

20.
man is strong because he makes the rules
by which he benefits

21.
mediocrity has not rid the habit
of its own crutches

22.
the only good teachers are still affected by joy

23.
belief must also be born

24.
there will be no progress until profit
like a pagan god
is laid to rest

25.
the inclination not to do
what Hamlet started
Homer Simpson concludes

26.
a martyr for apathy—
his followers die before he

27.
when whalers are kings and kings whalers
may we learn again the fathomed deep
as our kingdom

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