Friday, May 15, 2009


Some thoughts on fences.

America continues to debate a duality and dilemma similar to the questions asked by Robert Frost in his poem Mending Wall. The poem starts with the line, “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall” and it ends with “Good fences make good neighbors”. Frost makes no distinction as to which is better. He leaves that to the reader to determine.

Wherever we stand on building fences, we must agree that the truth is more important than facts. Facts increase knowledge, but truths increase understanding and what we always need most of all is understanding for we are dealing with fears, emotions, cultures, hopes and wishes of people.

As human beings first and nationalistic citizens second we might choose to look for the greater good whatever that is.

Individuals make that determination by looking within their hearts. The ego can’t tell you, for its nature is to perpetuate its prejudice. The intellect can reason a greater good, but it is easily deceived by fear and justification is often the result. The heart seemingly is immune to deception through its pristine connection to the divinity within us. It will guide us to the greater good, if we follow it, if we choose it.

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