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Beyond Merely Being a Marionette




If one is merely a marionette, repeating what others poured into you, then what you say and do will usually be rather robotic, quite puppet-like… though it will seem quite pleasant and socially acceptable to you (while you feel quite unique).  There are so many standardized lemmings out there.  To question things fundamentally, deeply, with substantial passion, takes great intelligence.  That great intelligence (naturally) is largely constituted of immense vastness, which inherently includes compassion.  Compassion acts beyond many of the limits of ordinary perception.  It perceives beyond all of the mundane, superficial, circumscribed borders.  It is not tethered by stale, dinosaurian, antiquated beliefs.  Such intelligence (i.e., such profound, penetrating insight) is extremely rare in the world as it now exists; miseducation has a lot to do with it.  Acceptance of mediocrity has a lot to do with it.  



Wild Spiderwort … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019




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  1. Gorgeous spiderworts. They’re one of my favorite wildflowers, and the purple ones can fairly gleam. As for your words, you brought to mind a quotation I’ve included on my About page. Jose Marti, Cuban statesman, poet, and journalist once said, “A genuine man goes to the roots. To be a radical is no more than that: to go to the roots. He who does not see things in their depth should not call himself a radical.”


  2. Some of the greatest social movements start out of compassion. It may start with the question, “What do I want to stand for and how can I give back?”


  3. Very moving words and image! I, too, shake my head at the lemmings and constantly feel the pull to do and be more, driven by compassion and passion, intellect and emotion. Spending my days with high-school seniors as a teacher is one satisfying outlet for me, as well as the hope that using my talents can change the world, or at least impact one person positively. 🙂


    • Thank you, Laura! 🙂 Doing it (i.e., teaching well) in standardized, regular (non-alternative) schools renders it difficult but it still can be done. When i was young and in high school i was greatly benefitted by being given Walt Whitman and E.E.Cummings to read.
      from Walt Whitman:
      “You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,
      But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
      And filter and fibre your blood.”


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