Born into a deceptive web, each of us awaits.
Spider or fly, which will be our fate?
Genetics? Environment? What will we become?
And what if badly damaged? Can it ever be undone?
Will we be enticed, pursuing money, pleasure, fame?
Or will we develop true compassion, feeling other people's
Temptation of alluring vices,
Presents us with deep moral crises.
When faced with life's dilemmas, what god do we obey?
The one who judges wisely, or the one who leads astray?
Blindly do we follow in selfishness and shame?
So civilized we are, yet the savage ego goes untamed.
Predator or prey, which do we become?
And what if we discover that both are really one?
Can we look outside the paradox, step outside the trap?
Embark in this terrain with neither authorities nor map?
Can each moment of existence be structured by intent?
To nurture what is noble, not be that twig so bent?
Know inside all hearts are weeping, honor the anguish of
Kiss each one so gently, not turning from their fears.
Commit to a conscious being, expressed through word and deed.
Respect the human spirit, our deepest human need.
Align with what is sacred, though our most precious loves be lost.
Revere the beauty of each soul, knowing hate exacts great cost.
Gaze boldly into shadows, do not ever look away!
But know if we walk there, even heroes go astray.
When facing deepest darkness, respect the shadow's might,
and hold the lantern highest when facing the blackest night.
Each must keep this vigil, sharing the lantern's weight,
transcending generations of destructiveness and hate.
We can create a conscious path, loving truly from
and treat each life like what it is: our greatest work of