Caught Up In Rapture (What's It For?)

Caught Up In Rapture (What's It For?)

A Poem by Pete
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It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear. - Thoreau

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The Rapture | Catholic Answers Tract

i stopped asking questions a long time ago because i never liked the answers
that is, when i could finally back someone into a corner and get one
i stopped wanting to win a tony award as an actor in someone else's sick, twisted play
i have more respect for people who make music than those who make war
the world needs more people willing to drive in the wrong direction on one way streets
in hell, i wonder how often they change the sheets
ministers and w****s all pass through the same door
as some scratch their heads, others their asses 
all wondering what this life is for
where enough is never enough
and we're ever in search of more



© 2024 Pete


Author's Note

Pete
"Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe." - Thoreau

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There are so many lines here, Pete, that I could comment on - it's rich work, honest and raw.

As to seeking purpose, it's been called the absurdist dilemma - based in both a modern, industrialized world and, by extension, mankind's propensity for seeking meaning while living within its parameters. The idea, is that only human beings seek purpose and, in the world that we've engineered for ourselves, at bottom, there isn't anything tangible that can provide us with definitive answers.

We ask, and we ask, and god or those we corner remain either silent or unable to satisfy us with reasons that can adequately justify why we should continue to do what we do.

The nihilist's answer is that there aren't any reasons, so get to getting while the getting's good. The Christian answer lays in faith, and service; while the naturalist's answer, much like the Daoist's or the Buddhist's, relies on holism and the idea of connecting with the universe's fundamental interconnectedness.

In every case, the answers are those that the practitioner chooses to believe, and so, in mine, I tend to orient on the nature of choice.

There may not be meaning, and we may all wind up in some Sisyphean hell accounting for our choices, but in so far as I get to choose, I at least feel somewhat comfortable being held responsible for their consequences.

There's a certain freedom in that, a strength, that I've relied on in my life for a long time.

Anyways, long rant again Pete, but if anything I'd say it's a testament to the ideas you've presented here.

As always, it's a pleasure reading - hope things are ok in your world.

-Ook


Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ookpik

3 Weeks Ago

Haha, maybe the lesson in that is even after graduating I shouldn't assume I've learned everything. .. read more
Pete

3 Weeks Ago

No, it sounds like you know quite a bit. If someone says they have the answer we should probably ru.. read more
Ookpik

3 Weeks Ago

Moderation does seem important Pete. And you're right, it does feel like everybody has their own ans.. read more



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This whole poem makes a great deal of sense to me.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Pete

3 Weeks Ago

i'm glad because nothing makes any sense to me anymore. lol. here's hoping for a glorious summer a.. read more
Poetic Beauty

3 Weeks Ago

I always feel better when it’s warmer. I get like a wilted house plant in the winter.
There are so many lines here, Pete, that I could comment on - it's rich work, honest and raw.

As to seeking purpose, it's been called the absurdist dilemma - based in both a modern, industrialized world and, by extension, mankind's propensity for seeking meaning while living within its parameters. The idea, is that only human beings seek purpose and, in the world that we've engineered for ourselves, at bottom, there isn't anything tangible that can provide us with definitive answers.

We ask, and we ask, and god or those we corner remain either silent or unable to satisfy us with reasons that can adequately justify why we should continue to do what we do.

The nihilist's answer is that there aren't any reasons, so get to getting while the getting's good. The Christian answer lays in faith, and service; while the naturalist's answer, much like the Daoist's or the Buddhist's, relies on holism and the idea of connecting with the universe's fundamental interconnectedness.

In every case, the answers are those that the practitioner chooses to believe, and so, in mine, I tend to orient on the nature of choice.

There may not be meaning, and we may all wind up in some Sisyphean hell accounting for our choices, but in so far as I get to choose, I at least feel somewhat comfortable being held responsible for their consequences.

There's a certain freedom in that, a strength, that I've relied on in my life for a long time.

Anyways, long rant again Pete, but if anything I'd say it's a testament to the ideas you've presented here.

As always, it's a pleasure reading - hope things are ok in your world.

-Ook


Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ookpik

3 Weeks Ago

Haha, maybe the lesson in that is even after graduating I shouldn't assume I've learned everything. .. read more
Pete

3 Weeks Ago

No, it sounds like you know quite a bit. If someone says they have the answer we should probably ru.. read more
Ookpik

3 Weeks Ago

Moderation does seem important Pete. And you're right, it does feel like everybody has their own ans.. read more
Superb work. Such a life.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Pete

3 Weeks Ago

always a real hoot. thanks twc.

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