Character Exchange?

by | Mar 8, 2021 | Philosophy

Why do people trade their character
As it is, for just a dime
For luxury and ego’s sake?
No conclusion do I find

The masses are the pennies *(1)
That raise a dollar bill
Bought cars and drank their coke
And do it ever still

Because of, not in spite of
How business grew its shares
Lobbyists on their payrolls
To see to their affairs

Grass-root coagulation *(2)
Platelets gone astray *(3)
Listening to our drumbeat
Not caught in another’s play

Perhaps it was predicted
By the Mayans of the past
Death of the world we’ve known
Separated into casts *(4)

As above, so below
An atom or a world
A body filled with cells
Dressed as a boy or girl

Organs each with jobs
And functions to fulfill
Hearts to keep on beating
Or bladders to refill

We’re the miracle of nature
Intelligence at its best
Not think-tanks built on enmity *(5)
Defiling all the rest

Or, perhaps a different message
Spirit mirroring our place
Decay, disease and death
Within the human race *(6)



*(1) we may only be pennies, comparing our contribution to society,
juxtaposed to corporations; but it has been our buying and using the things
industry makes that has created great industries.

*(2) attempting to use a concept word on one hand, ‘grass-roots’ with a
metaphoric representation . . . blood coagulating or creating mass.

*(3)Platelets are responsible for blood clotting. As citizens we’ve worked
hard to stay between the lines. . . the line “platelets gone astray” is
metaphoric in nature and calls for people to step outside their routine,
rather than support the ‘Matrix,’ reinvent it, listen to their own drumbeat.

*(4) separated into casts. . . .This line is referring to the way we see
each other, how we judge each other based on what we have, what we earn.
Wouldn’t it be great to live in a world where we gained respect one to
another because we are. People look at each other as resources. . . what
good is this relationship to me? Intrinsic value is generally missing.

*(5) ‘Think tanks’ were used prior to the iron curtain falling in 1989,
making some $200 million for their contribution. Since that time their
attention has turned to medicine and education. I believe the strategy
used between International and National Capital came from ‘Games Theory’’
through the ‘Think-Tanks.’ Nafta (in the 90’s under Clinton)& Gatt (in
‘40’s)gave International Capital its way while providing Empowerment and
Enterprise Zone and all the benefits to National Capital. National
corporations were allowed and encouraged to move into zones, retool and
reinvent their labor force while simultaneously re-stratifying the
economy. The government backed all of these changes which have helped to
create the deleterious effect we are all experiencing today.

It might be said that the role of government is to control the masses. We
are currently in the Ayn Rand period: ‘Selfishness is a Virtue’ and the
government stands at the head of the line, looking to its own needs with
little regard for the masses, except to maintain control.

*(6) Philosophically and theoretically speaking, I believe what we cannot
see directly, we see it indirectly. We attract people and circumstances
into our lives which allow us to see things ‘we can’t be with.’ If you
look at the frailty of human beings in general, the development of
auto-immune diseases for example, we’re attacking our own bodies.

Just as science, through satellites, has discovered the complete connection
to weather patterns around the globe, as it relates to the sun’s
radiation. It has also connected all the oceans, including the lack of the
sun’s influence on Antarctica and the ensuing patterns related to the brine
and its movement and circular motion. So, to do each of us humans, as
human spirits, affect all other people. There is no separation; but we
have not matured to that point where we recognize that yet. Our world is
filled with ideas, ideas that foster judgment that keep us separated.

Linda Brady

Linda Brady

Grandma Linda is a squigily peg in a square hole. Her poetry is aimed at moving the world to love, unity and perfect margaritas. And after years of perfecting the art, she has the skill to paint a better world and make it so.

When she is not serving customers, gazing at rocks, or visiting her grandchildren Linda is writing poetry. And even during all the above activities she has been known to write still.

– Zackary (self proclaimed “Favorite Grandson”)