The Delights of the Present
We are, of course,
both beneficiaries and victims
of our own symbol systems
That is, of our imaginations —
of our capacity to go beyond the here-and-now
and conjure up images of what might be
And then, it’s only a few steps from what might be
To the mightiness of what ought to be.
We use our oughts to fashion an ideal world
A world of beauty that we want to uphold and extol.
But this comes, of course
at a price.
Once we imagine our ideals,
we begin to the endless comparison of
what is to what ought to be
But then we seem to find our current versions of “is-ness”
to be consistently wanting
There is, of course
We can’t not imagine the worlds we want to live in
If we can’t imagine them, we can’t make them.
we have to guard against making ourselves slaves to the ideal
Because when we do
we gloss over the delights of the present.
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