Should You Wish To Continue Living

Do so for yourself, do so freely, do so well.

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Perhaps there was a time,
a time long before you or I,
when it was acceptable — 
possible — 
to shoulder the load of another;

to carry the beings that would not carry themselves
without greater consequence.

That time was long ago — 
if ever.

Those who will not carry themselves,
those who will not think,
are no longer passive weight.

They’ve been utilized,
rewarded, 
made busy — 
converted into fuel,
generating energy for an ever-more capable — 
and contrary — 
machine.

All but the minuscule minority,
no longer impactful,
generate enough productive work
to warrant their mass.

Freedom.

Should you wish to continue living,
for what time is left,
for any reason — 
or none at all —

do so for yourself,
do so freely,
do so well.

Guard your attention and your energies,
they are all that may give you meaning.

Perception.

Our fabricated realities,
our species,
our unnatural surroundings,
are alive and parasitic.

Parasite.

They will leech,
insatiably,
off of your faculties — 
draining you,
dominating their host.

They will enter into your blood,
your heart,
your brain,
your eyes.

They will convince you to believe — 
to swear allegiance — 
to their manipulative imports.

Enslave.

Indebted souls — 
en masse — 
willingly serving the system
at the cost of their Selves.

The world will ever work
to take the Self from the individual — 
putting a lien
on a marketed concept:
independence.

Freedom.

Should you wish to continue living,
for what time is left,
for any reason — 
or none at all —

do so for yourself,
do so freely,
do so well.

Guard your attention and your energies,
they are all that may give you meaning.

Entrapment.

Walk through the world
impervious to its influences.

Learn to recognize its traps,
slip loose of its barbs and coils.

Once you’ve seen — 
once you’ve learned to see — 
all will be obvious:
crude.

You must accept that others,
most,
have given themselves to the deceptions
and manipulations.

Casualty.

You are not the savior,
you are not salvation,
the unfortunate others are the trap’s bait.

Attempting to save the masses
will cost you your freedom
and take your attention;
it is a futile
thankless undertaking.

Disillusionment.

You will be disgusted 
with the ineptitude of your race.

You will be frustrated,
disheartened.

Isolation.

The mind is an island.
The mainlands,
the collective,
have long since been compromised.

Move like a shadow
amongst the entrapped.

Move like a shadow
through — 
amongst — 
but not with.

Freedom.

Should you wish to continue living,
for what time is left,
for any reason — 
or none at all —

do so for yourself,
do so freely,
do so well.

Guard your attention and your energies,
they are all that may give you meaning.

Self.

Guard yourself against the snares
you will set for yourself.

Experience in this world
can make a person who sees
venomous:
bitter.

Empathy.

The ignorant and helpless
are exactly that.

The imminent and inevitable
are exactly that.

Do not fight,
do not struggle,
do not poison your Self
with the venom 
you wish to inject on the impervious others.

When faced with meaninglessness,
one can only accept its conditions
if they can be accepted magnanimously.

For — 
indeed — 
it is best not to live
than to live tired
and spiteful
to no avail.

Inevitability.

Acceptance.

For those individuals who possess the will and potential,
find peace,
absolve conflicts,
embrace finality.

Oblivion.

Place your mortality under your own control.

End your life — 
if you wish to — 
before it is ended.

Do so with levity and clear conscience.

Do not allow your freedom,
freedom of choice,
to be hijacked or compromised.

There is nothing here that you owe your life to.
All will be blameless.
All will be absolved.

The survival of the fittest
is no longer of consequence.

With the loss of hope
comes the potential to experience freedom.

Freedom.

Should you wish to continue living,
for what time is left,
for any reason — 
or none at all —

do so for yourself,
do so freely,
do so well.

Guard your attention and your energies,
they are all that may give you meaning.

© Douglas Balmain. 2019.