The Condition of Our World

My darling,

Let us never forget that there are people in this troubled world, men especially, who are very different from you and I—who think abstractly and pride themselves on the suppression of emotion and the will with which they hold clearly, if ever so grimly, to their goals—men of unwavering principle, if not obsessive and infernal ideologies.

Strong men, men of fixed ideas and steely wills; dictators of movements and of nations; often they are behind crimes in high places and often responsible for crimes being legislated into law.

So inflated can the human ego become, so perverted and dangerous the human sense of being absolute, and the fatal playing out of the game of might makes right!  So far removed in their persons, so forever predatorily intimate, into our family meals and our bedrooms, are these players of power and politics, of power and war.

And what are we—tenderly positioning lovers, private dreamers, the wounded poets and solitaries, and the simple folk, who live more as garden roses or nightingale songs, than in bombast and bombs, than in analytic abstractions and antiseptic murder, and a clear conscience empowering ethnic cleansing?

O certainly it is troublesome, even painful and bitter in the mouth to have such ugliness forever oppressing heart and mind.  Even perhaps to awaken often in the fevered hush of night to an uneasy thought, to recurring midnight haunting, that bottomless horrors of inhumanity lurk, coiled, behind a grinning human mask.  Yet what can the honest do?  How insidiously indifference terrorizes life!

My darling,

We must never forget.

About the author: An actor, playwright, eco-poet, environmental and peace activist, and ecosophic author, David Sparenberg considers himself to be, foremost, a World Citizen. As a teacher of acting and writing, David does couple of one man performances — one of Shakespeare and the other from his own writings. He can be contacted here.