Respect and Dignity: A Haiku

We are unable

To summon basic respect

For views not our own



As long as we, as a culture, or as a species, struggle to summon basic respect and dignity for each other, we will fail. 

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A Reflection on Alan Watts: A Haiku 

Straightening out life
Violates its core nature
We must let it be


This haiku is my response to Alan Watts’ quote “you’re only making a mess by trying to put things straight. You’re trying to straighten out a wiggly world and no wonder you’re in trouble”. I find this very relevant in today’s climate. 

Responding to our vacuous culture 

Seeking richness 

And depth 

While our culture 

Celebrates and delights 

In the vacuous, 

The superficial,

The inane 

Gently, gently, 

With greatest care 

I dream we can bring 

A love for grace, 

Dignity, compassion 
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