Multifarious Mind / for Henry
(Part of Living Poem)
We need to abolish the term Better Angel
It’s not working Instead let’s try talking
About essential human nature
What is it we most desire? Not revenge
But loving care and graceful movement
Through changeable environments
Yesterday you said Reality is subjective
Different for different entities What about basic
Reality? Is there a term for this?
I had to look it up A.N. Whitehead’s term
Actuality for objective things rather than
Things subject to interpretation.
By the way, I’m writing with a voice transcriber
Trying the app I might use later
And I like how sessions fall into stanzas.
Thanks to Henry for suggesting I record
My quote unquote wisdom I say record
As in out loud Not transcribe word for word.
Oh well We have a seed this present matter
About actual reality and does it even matter
If we know it as if that could actually happen
Watch how our minds fill up with several
Examples of the quest Two dimensional
Beings contemplating 3D in Flatland
People doubting trees falling in forests
So much occurring with no one’s knowledge
Mathematicians proving an inference
Scientists thinking to control the universe
People wanting to truly know friend or foe
And respond to them in ways that matter most
This brings us back to human nature How
Can it be that people have good souls
And yet become meek mad or foul?
There are enough puzzles to stymie a squid
You know I couldn’t go long without kid-
Ding Plus I want this poem to model how you think
A squirrel chases another around a tree trunk
Chirring they pause sensing the other’s movement
The pursuer runs off The pursued tops the treetop
Let’s consider the threads under review
Why is it so threatening to know the truth?
Is the denial of it the disease that causes ruin?
Is there a defeating aspect to truth detection
Seeing too much and sensing connections
And worrying if one’s filter is defective?
Which is why a squirrel is a perfect ploy
Diverting focus with its leap-taking plié
And providing the antidote to fear