Friday, August 16, 2013

Narrow Band of Fools

A  L  O  H  A !                                            Everybody Plays the Fool by The Main Ingredient on Grooveshark
“ If the doors of perception
 were cleansed
 everything would appear
 . . . as it is, 

Infinite. -

- For man has closed himself up,

 till he sees all things

 thro' narrow chinks

 of his cavern.”

 William Blake

It appears to me
that most people
dwell in a very
 narrow band
of perception & behavior.

Rebels conform
to the other rebels.

And everyone's eyes
& attention
are focused on
not surroundings
or others.

In public places:
restaurant, waiting area,
it amazes me
how many of us
dwell in single-seater
consciousness bubbles;
Lost in thought,
noticing little,
smiling at no one,
oblivious to the passage
of others.

What's up with the two shoppers
in an otherwise empty isle
who park their carts(trolleys)
side by side
impeding approaching humans?

Are they passive aggressive?
Hungry for significance?
really oblivious?

And the adults I see,
holding a child,
 or children's hand(s)
who step right into the road
without even looking;
What are they teaching
those children?

What keeps today's chat
 from being
a True Rant
(I hope :)
is a little tonic
that I use myself
against the petty
of others:

I simply remember
how many times
it is I who have been:
impatient, rude,

Puts it all into perspective.

We do not treat others well
only when they measure up,
that nobility is entirely
up to each of us.

We all put up
 with each other

Everybody plays the fool.

                              Fondly, Foolishly, cloudia
Leave a foolhardy comment!


Dave King said...

This has to be one of your best posts, it carries the thought right through in an integrated way.

Brian Miller said...

i have to agree...we live in a world of distraction, mostly techno-distraction...and its rather scary at times our lack of awareness....
aloha from va

Anonymous said...

Love the Woodstock tour from your mind; and the flowers hoping to grab people out of their electronic devices. DrumMajor

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Such beautiful thoughts and pictures!

Leave a little pleasure for others where you go.

21 Wits said...

It sure does seem we all have followed that sad road at one time or another and owning up to it pushes us forward. Peace and many smiles, Karen

TexWisGirl said...

it is so easy to exist in our own little bubble.

Myrna R. said...

Good message today Claudia. It's so hard for us not to judge, but always we've been guilty of whatever we criticise. I think compassion stems from this understanding.

Cloudia said...

Thanks Very much

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I really love it when you use your own words Cloudia, super post.

Erika said...

Ciao Cloudia!!! Nice shots and thoughts


I'm a big fool and still am, I think I'll always be. I love these thoughts today. A wise/wonderful way to begin the wkd, thank you.

Elephant's Child said...

You are such a wise woman. Thank you, for being you and for sharing the beauty that you are.

SandyCarlson said...

I can relate to this! We are definitely on the same wavelength. A good sense of irony is a kind of love for others, I think.

Jenn Jilks said...

You are such a beautiful person.

Kay said...

I know that I am sometimes sadly oblivious, but gosh... How many times have we seen people cross the road in front of us without even looking? I've seen that so often in Hawaii. People assume that everybody will stop for them. I think we're more and more enclosed in our smart phone bubbles too.

Cloudia said...

Gosh THANKS!!!

kaykuala said...

Can one be faulted for missing so much? Thanks for the great pics, Cloudia!