“Projection”

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“Projection”

Projection rules in those who deal in faith;
Like knowledge, faith can be acquired,
Manuals and rudiments desired
Each day among the hustlers give weight
To notions second only to their fees.
And what of practices, factions, seams that line
Grand curtains with magic, emotion, atmospheres so fine
That only children are attracted–they and bees–
The rhetoric’s so sweet. In possibilities
Truth is honed. What were only trifles
Traffic as much consolation for the poor as riffles
To manipulators, mullas, priests, and rabbis
hell-bent on hyperbole.
Distraction is the only holy oil to those who will not heed
The warnings, common sense, and wreathes of mental weeds.

—Once

Søren Kierkegaard
[5 May 1813 -11 November 1855]
Listen to the cry of a woman in labor at the hour of giving birth— look at the dying man’s struggle at his last extremity, and then tell me whether something that begins and ends thus could be intended for enjoyment.”

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One response to ““Projection”

  1. There is the way of faith, and then there is the Way of Faith. Most amateur seekers who follow (and, for that matter, preach) the way of faith have little if any knowledge or interest in the Way of Faith… it is far to difficult. The Way of Faith requires a complete and lifelong surrender of self-will to another’s will (and hopefully that other’s will is the right will or the adherent will only move in spiritual circles). For amateur seekers on the way of faith, their pseudo-religion is rife with con-artists and lunatics. As your poem expresses so well: faith is a way “hell-bent on hyperbole”.

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