Sunday, July 22, 2012

Proper Consent

Week 29

Proper Consent


            1.   The prose poem below puts me in mind of The True
                  Believer, the book that put Eric Hoffer, the
                  “longshoreman-philosopher,” on the map.

            2.   His evidence: revolutionaries most often replace the
                  oppressive regimes they’ve overthrown with one equally
                  sinister or worse.

            3.   How easy is it to be so right; to have unassailable points
                  of view!

            4.   How easy is it to think, “Well, any fool knows that . . .
                  (You finish the sentence.) O, those unintended

            5.   How will I test my convictions? How will I question my
                  so-called truths? Might I start by exploring them as

            6.   When I “know” I’m “right” about something, I’ve found,
                  still, that I can be wrong when I’ve sought and found
                  such tests.

            7.   Whom do you respect? They will listen to you. Be sure to
                  listen to them.


I stand in full fierce view of a none-too-small infraction—how
occasioned—I don’t know, that in all likelihood requires putting
            aside my well laid plans and without flinch applying my singular,
            conscientious remedy. This unanticipated engagement is with a
            small four-wall-wood-fenced civic construction site surrounding
            a sewer or electronics installation.

I can smell the four-wall is of fresh pine, just built. Someone has
carelessly spilled a can of green paint over the front wall and the
dreadful evidence running down is dried hard.  Well, that needs
to be sanded smooth right this minute, then all walls painted—
by me, of course, to rid us of this egregious disorder.

© 2012 Allan Cox, Allan Cox & Associates Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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