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Poetry: tree of the knowledge of good and evil: enlightenment: prose poems

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the tree


The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is the only tree which grows upside-down, with its roots in the air and its foliage buried in the ground. It is no wonder that its earth-bound, rotting fruit would be prohibited to tender, suckling, indigestive man.

To a blind person, suddenly seeing, even a pile of dog shit is a euphoric sight.

Indeed it was for mankind's sake that the forbidden fruit was forbidden; ignorance is our unchosen asceticism from the mind's insatiability. Knowledge would only lead to arrogance, and arrogance would lead to the most complete of solipsistic miseries. This is because 'understanding' is but a decadent downfall; by it we become gluttonous, insatiable beasts, machinating, and masticating, and turning salvation ...into sin; oh, how destructively we ingest, but do not digest, our course provender- our profane understanding. Thus it is perhaps essential to our beings that we do not know; because perhaps confusion is the hunger which keeps us from starving.





A man once awoke much more stupid and confused than when he had gone to bed. Unable now to reason correctly, he became anxious that this would be discovered and he would become a laughingstock, a village idiot. So he began studying texts, memorizing common phrases, and practicing confident eloquence.

Soon enough he was easily employing words and ideas his acquaintances used regularly. He remained bewildered for the rest of his life but continued on successfully with his previous existence. He died moronic and undiscovered. As did the rest of the world.



(excerpted from THE DREAM OF BEING: aphorisms, ideograms, and aislings, by Jack Haas)

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Books by Jack Haas,

Autobiography, Memoir, Spirituality, Mysticism, Comparative Religion, Poetry, Art, Photography.