Incongruity

Our world is full of incongruities.  The good and the evil, love and hate, benevolent and malevolent, wonderful and mundane... exist side by side.  So much so that it seems the natural order of things.  Philosophers have built philosophies around it (Yin/Yang).  I have heard people say you have to know pain in order to appreciate pleasure.  But is it really the natural order of things? This idea that good and bad create a natural balance to life.  I don't agree.  I'm not saying that good and bad don't exists side by side in our world, like a schizophrenic patient.  I'm saying it's not natural.  It is incongruous with higher thought.  Who (let's use the expression) in their "right" mind wants to be beaten or raped, robbed or slandered?  Who wants their house destroyed by earthquake, flood or hurricane?  Who wants raw sewerage or petro-chemicals dumped into their drinking water?  Who wants their neighbor's dog to poop on their lawn?  Who in their right mind?

The poem: Here I Sit is just me in a moment of sensing the incongruity of our existence.  A moment that happens often to me while enjoying peace and quiet reflection--that itself is perhaps an incongruity. The poem also captures that all-to-prevalent feeling that there is nothing to be done about it.

As humans we have an obligation to act in harmony with our ability to love, to care, to feel and to think.  There are things we can do, things we can change as individuals and as like-minded groups of individuals.  But I believe this incongruity that shapes our current world is the result of a breach with the Higher Power that designed and built our universe.  While we can and should act in harmony with our abilities as humans, the natural order of things that we crave (peace, love, harmony, security), can only be restored by that Higher Power (we call him by many names, God, Allah, Yahweh, Jehovah).  The only question is when.

Here's the poem:

Here I sit
In my red leather chair
With matching ottoman
My feet up, resting
At ease, my stomach full
Looking out my sunroom windows
At springtime
Life blossoming
The lilacs are putting out leaves
The forsythia glorious in yellow
The azaleas resplendent in purple
The tulips flowering
The two lips kissing (me and June)

Here I sit
Surrounded by all this beauty
Immersed in all this pleasure
And yet, I know of pain
Of suffering
Of people living:
With prejudice
With hatred, for and against
With discrimination
With decease
With sorrow
With anxiety
With poverty
With loneliness
With fear
Two worlds that overlap
In stark incongruity

It hurts me
It bothers me
It shouldn’t be this way
And yet,
Here I sit.

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