Reflections on Humanity (and Other Things Too)
The potential of the plant is in the seed.
The potential of the animal is in the egg.
How could I perceive myself
As greater than the seed or the egg?
Just because I'm human?
The 'thinking' animal, you say.
Reason and dexterity – and all that jazz!
Minute manipulation of mind and limb
Spinning the wheel of species' progress.
But, you know, if you put a mark on a wheel
Anywhere except dead centre,
The spot goes forwards-backwards-up-down
As the wheel circles to make a progressive track
A line presumably straight as from Point A to Point B.
The wheel itself is in constant motion of progress/regress.
I mention this 'observation'
Because of the metaphor: 'The Wheel of Progress'
Which carelessly presumes no other direction
When the whole notion is really quite convoluted.
Our 'spot of humanity' on the Big Wheel
May be at a point more of inanity
Than an identity with a purpose
For continued evolution;
An insanity of illusion that we possess
Total superiority of mind and matter
Over all things upon the crust of Earth
Annihilation of humanity as we know it
Would only seed a different creation.
I think we must keep a very close eye
(Perhaps a trigger-happy finger)
On Artificial Intelligence.
And flesh-eating plants.
Well, this has been fun -
A little exercise in 'brain-farting' to no perceived end.
God be with you, as in 'Good-bye.'
(Did you know that? Kind of neat, I think. Very humbling.)
Just for the record, all I've had is a cup of tea.
But a fine growth, with rich body.
Stimulating it was, at 3:00 in the afternoon.