Saturday, March 31, 2007

Where To Find Two Poems Worth Finding

On his excellent blog, "In a Dark Time...The Eye Begins to See", Loren has posted two powerful and thought provoking poems by Robinson Jeffers. The first poem, "Faith", begins:

Ants or wise bees, or a gang of wolves,
Work together by instinct, but man needs lies,
Man his admired and more complex mind
Needs lies to bind the body of his people together,
Make peace in the state and maintain power.

Lately, I've been thinking a great deal about how and why our species lies, so it's a coincidence that Loren has posted "Faith" at precisely this time. Is Jeffers right that we actually need lies to cooperate with each other? It certainly seems that politicians, pundits, and preachers behave as if they think lies are necessary. But are they necessary?

The second poem by Jeffers, "The Answer", is equally thought provoking. Loren makes some good points in his commentary about the poems, and I think you will be pleased to check out his post.

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