Human Limitations

Human Limitations

Deborah Beach Giordano
© November 17, 2010

We
sweat,
struggle
and curse
as we try
to muddle through
on our own,
without assistance;

so confident
in our intelligence,
our drive
and determination,
so certain
of our power
and authority,
believing
absolutely
in our ability
to bend the world
to our will.

Until
we come to wall,
solid and unyielding,
that we can not
break through,
or climb over
nor go around;

It is never a thing,
not an object
of brick and mortar
or concrete and steel,
but a person,
an event;
an occasion
or experience
beyond our ability
to modify
or manipulate.

Confronted
by the immovable,
the impenetrable,
the impossible,
we declare
these are
mere artifice
or slight-of-hand,
insignificant
and unimportant;
unworthy
of our attention;

or they are defective:
dysfunctional
and dangerous,
a threat
to themselves
and society at large –
particularly
to our over-sized egos –
therefore
they must be
removed
or mended:
for they
do not fit the mold.

The problem
is always elsewhere,
never in ourselves.

And God sighs,
as we miss
another opportunity
to recognize
our limitations,
to admit
our flaws and failings,
to confess
our conceits,
to confront
our delusions
of grandeur
and glory
and superior
wisdom.

And always…
here;
there;
everywhere we are;
That
which we
don’t believe in
is watching,
waiting
for an invitation
to help.

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I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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