In Spite of War by Angela Morgan

In spite of war, in spite of death,
In spite of all man’s sufferings,
Something within me laughs and sings
And I must praise with all my breath.
In spite of war, in spite of hate
Lilacs are blooming at my gate,
Tulips are tripping down the path
In spite of war, in spite of wrath.
“Courage!” the morning-glory saith;
“Rejoice!” the daisy murmureth,
And just to live is so divine
When pansies lift their eyes to mine.

The clouds are romping with the sea,
And flashing waves call back to me
That naught is real but what is fair,
That everywhere and everywhere
A glory liveth through despair.
Though guns may roar and cannon boom,
Roses are born and gardens bloom;
My spirit still may light its flame
At that same torch whence poppies came.
Where morning’s altar whitely burns
Lilies may lift their silver urns
In spite of war, in spite of shame.

And in my ear a whispering breath,
“Wake from the nightmare! Look and see
That life is naught but ecstasy
In spite of war, in spite of death!”

Life has been given a bum rap by those who fail to understand that it yields what we put into it – not simply as individuals, but as a race. Life can be free of fear, greed and hatred, yet those who dedicate their lives to this enlightened perspective on life soon learn of the catch-22 that has kept man bound to life as we know it.

You can live a perfect life and still face adversity, disappointment and pain. Mankind is one body and the notion that one member of the body can enjoy a life free of the influences of the others is as foolish as thinking that any part of your body can somehow live its useful life independently of the rest of your body. Mankind is at the highest level of organization, one thing, regardless of how well coordinated its constituent members may be at any given point in time.

A victory for one, therefore, is a victory for all. Similarly, a failure for one is a failure for all. The key, I suppose to tipping the scales toward the experience of life of which I speak and envision is for there to be sufficient momentum on the part of those who are in agreement as touching these things to overcome the eventual resistance to the emergence of such a state.

I don’t know that organized religion can pull it off (from the history books and from what I can tell from personal experience), neither will our system of education (as it is shaped more by economic forces than a passion for truth), so the question remains: from whence will come the integrating force to secure our liberation from the tyranny of life as we know it?

I don’t have a ready answer to that but I do know that as each one commits himself to the discovery and revelation of truth in whatever line of work he is in, all are lifted up. Moreover, all who are bound by truth are drawn into a singular purpose as the truth is never in conflict with itself.

So lets get to it…”[i]n spite of war, in spite of death!” Who’s with me!?!

9 thoughts on “Catch-22

  1. Carmen

    One of the difficulties that I think we face, is that humans have a thought that they are separate beings from everything else, and even from each other. And not that we are each a part of all that is. But this thinking restricts all possible spiritual growth, and I speak here not from a religious point of view, but spiritual only. Every element that is found within the earth and all of its life forces, are also found within the human body. All must effect all. But when we begin to see ourselves as too much an “individual”, wanting good things only for self, the sense of being the individual is too strong, and the awareness of All in consciousness becomes lost. Therefore the fall of mankind. Many have tried to remind humanity of the truth of self. Let each of us strive to remember each day, that we are only a small part of the All. And that when I lift my brother, I lift myself!

  2. Kai Newell

    That is an excellent question to apply very personally to myself. Thank you for forming it so clearly so that the answer can be known as clearly.

  3. Coco

    I’m with you! Life isn’t improved by any of the discordant spirits that are expressed as a result of the pain, disappointment and strife. I’ve found it difficult to be cheery at times but truthfully I’ve never been without a reason to feel appreciation and thankfulness. As the poem illustrates there is another constant that’s beauty and power is yet available to our heart’s attention. I think recognizing that things are certainly not as our maker would have designed but we’re not abandoned of his healing influence. Our free will can serve us well in this instance. We have the freedom to rise up. I thoroughly enjoyed your post today, thank you.

  4. Steve V

    I acknowledge that a spirit of integrity is rising up in many that are resonating with the spirit of your words that in season will reach the critical mass point where the beauty of what is real and true will be revealed in all the earth. Yes it is great to be with you and others in this process.

  5. Carol

    I am with you Gregg. I think our agreement here links us with every other person who is interested in the truth of living. I’ve often thought that if we lived the way we were created to live, there wouldn’t be a need for religions. Our orientation would always be upward. Our interest would always be to express our finest. Oh, what a different world this could be!

  6. Zachary

    There are many people who have an honest longing for a world that is empty of hate and death. There are those who realize that humanity can be so much more than it has even dreamed of being.
    When we are honest in our hearts, we can discern the Truth from the noise that is so pervasive. We just need to have the courage to see that truth and then not waver from what we see.

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