Friday, December 3, 2010

Apian Fate

To Know Her Is To Love Her

"In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying." - Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

"But a somewhat more liberal and sympathetic examination of mankind will convince us that the cross is even older than the gibbet, that voluntary suffering was before and independent of compulsory; and in short that in most important matters a man has always been free to ruin himself if he chose." - G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936), What's Wrong With the World; p. 118
(I tried.)

"Man has to suffer. When he has no real afflictions, he invents some." - Jose Marti
(Ouch! This one hurts.)

"Do unto others 20% better than you would expect them to do unto you, to correct for subjective error." - Linus Pauling

(My Dad, a school administrator by trade, tried to teach me about the illusion of central position when I was in high school. The illusion of central position is the primary source of subjective error.)

Love is really complicated. The primary source of love's complications are the astonishing varieties of ways that the illusion that I am central to the heart of things can manifest, often so subtly that I may remain in the dark about it for years.

Apian Fate

As you say, I left.
I had to go, inner truth -
but I will die now,
die from my barb placed
deep in your dreams - it has ripped
my guts out - stranded,
hanging forlorn, lost,
and me leaking from the wound,
my faltering flight
is all I have left
now that I had to leave you.
Lover, I weep, weep.

September 13, 2009 10:16 AM


  1. I feel as though I have hollow bones all around this one. We struggle to know of ourselves and inside and around our own work our hearts love. The flaws are everywhere. The beauty too.

    Does it seem to you that flaw and beauty hold hands so?

    Ha! I like this but have never heard the 20% bit, "Do unto others 20% better than you would expect them to do unto you, to correct for subjective error." But yes, it sure does feel right.


  2. Hollow bones are what give birds the necessary structure for flight. And yes, on this planet flaw and beauty do hold hands.

    Loving you.

  3. Oh That one feels so right...flaw and beauty do hold hands...A truth I would like to quote you on Christopher

  4. Anything on my site is in the public domain, Linda, because I can't stop whoever wants my stuff, and because I don't want to anyway.

    So you are welcome to use my stuff. I would prefer that you acknowledge where you got it.


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