Friday, November 27, 2009

Abre Tus Ojos

Faint echoes of tentative footsteps resonate
throughout this long and winding hallway
as we slowly walk towards a realm that is sadly
completely beyond all that we know.

Perhaps everything's just a giant propaganda
when they say that we are young and we are free.
Society paralyzes us, billboard and magazine images
enslave us with false hope and blind ambition.

Surreptitiously and inconspicuously our lives stagnate
as we mournfully analyze all the things that might've gone awry.
We look backwards and forward, until suddenly
our present becomes our past, and we have nothing to show.

Neither young nor free, our generation's top-notch agenda
should be to defy definition, to hear, to listen, to feel, and see
potential as it courses through our veins, speaking to us in langauges
only we can understand,
should knowledge be our new addiction. 

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We must never permit the voice of humanity
within us to be silenced. It is Man's sympathy with all creatures that first makes him a Man.

--Albert Schweitzer

Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

--Viktor E. Frankl