Matters Maketh Man
Fictitious stories, poetry and comedic writings
What maketh Man?
What maketh Woman?
What maketh Child? Born of both.
An Animal in the wild?
What maketh The Horse The Child rides astride,
or The four metallic Shoes that shod his feet?
What maketh The Stones in The Tar bellow,
or The solar Rays that raise the heat?
What maketh The flittering Butterfly that flutters by,
Or The Winds in The Woodlands them pass as they sigh?
How do you control Nature, The Lord and Master on high?
For, it is all made of the same good stuff says I, and I do not see how we can see us, superior to The Land. The Fields of farms that make food for us. Don’t bite The Hand that feeds you. For nature has hundreds, millions, billions of years on its side, to decide The Trials and Errors of time. The effectiveness of Systems, ecosystems that echo each other; living in symbiosis. Surviving, the fittest passes on. So, don’t say ‘we can wade in’ without wondering what effect we’ll have on The World. Even when you deem the ability you have The superiority of Man.
We are unique? It’s true, but everything is unique.
We can master and control? Very much so, but with great power comes greater responsibility.
We are caring? Maybe, but mostly for our own interests.
We can empathise? Yes, but only when we understand.
We are advanced? I believe, but one person’s advancement is a step back to another.
We can change? Most certainly, but who will drive the direction.
We are human? Definitely, and with that comes no perfection, but the ability to try. After all, always remember that you are totally unique.
Just like everyone else.
And, do not be mistaken there is A Be and An End in all of us. The procreation that prefixes life. The suffering that suffixes mortality. To Be, the verb to exist, or not To Be, that is The Question. The Choice to be made and thus I think and therefore I am… Human, is what you are. Humanity is what you create. Culture is what humanity builds and what binds us and divides us along its lines of knowledge and acceptance. Hesitation is what produces questions. Questioning is what makes us think.
Life has its difficulties, its stresses and strains. The shear strength of perseverance snapping when giving up seems so much easier. A person can fight, worry and assume, coming to conclusions totally irrational, irretrievable, unfathomable, unreasonable, unforgivable.
But that is life.
For, in the end does it matter at all? Inanimate atoms maketh us all. From where we have come we shall return. From dust to dust. Ashes to ashes. But that does not mean that between the lines, between those times, we cannot be The Phoenix who rises up.
So what does maketh man, woman, child?
The same good stuff, so hard to discriminate when it has returned to dust.
And what is the point, you ask me, of these garbled scribblings; these ponderous words? Well within their lines you shall find no more, yet no less help, than you seek to find. No helpful, yet no less helpful, advice than you think you can see. Yet I say words help us think and this is these words’ task. For that is the point. You’ll only find if you seek. You can only seek if you think. Let us think. Think to listen. In this cacophony of a world the silence that builds, the isolation only increases when words cannot be made out amongst the hordes. So, sit, listen, learn.
1. Matters Maketh Man: ‘Manners Maketh Man’ – Winchester College moto.
2. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you: Origin unknown, possibly 18th century, when political writer Edmund Burke wrote ‘having looked to government for bread, on the first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them.’
3. Surviving, the fittest passes on: 'The survival of the fittest' – The Origen of Species, Charles Darwin. Originally conceived by Mr. Herbert Spencer.
4. With great power comes greater responsibility: ‘With great power comes great responsibility’ – Multiple origins, possibly dating back to the French revolution. Most notable uses include Pres. Franklin D Roosevelt, Pres. Theodor Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Lord Melbourne and in the comic book Spider-Man. All in varying forms.
5. After all, always remember that you are totally unique. Just like everyone else: cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead, though possibly dating back further to other sources.
6. To Be, the verb to exist, or not To Be, that is The Question: ‘To be or not to be. That is the question’ – Hamlet, William Shakespeare.
7. Thus I think and therefore I am: ‘I think and therefore I am’ – Discourse on the Method, later Principles of Philosophy, both by René Descartes.
8. From where we have come we shall return. From dust to dust. Ashes to ashes: ‘earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust’ - English Burial Service. Further from the Biblical text, Genesis 3:19 (King James Version), ‘for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return’.
The Flammarion engraving is a wood engraving by an unknown artist that first appeared in Camille Flammarion's L'atmosphère: météorologie populaire (1888). The image depicts a man crawling under the edge of the sky, depicted as if it were a solid hemisphere, to look at the mysterious Empyrean beyond. The caption underneath the engraving (not shown here) translates to "A medieval missionary tells that he has found the point where heaven and Earth meet..." — Wikipedia