As I sought divine advice
for a truly trivial pursuit,
two words were given unto me:
Immediately the initial search
was abandoned (or ignored)
as I thought how truly profound
this simple command could be.
Emphasis on the former word
denotes an action preferential
to any other given choice, while
the latter places import on
the limitation of one's own being
alone, without impeding another.
How true, how true –
Control yields a sense of power,
and what power could surpass,
in our own eyes, one's own life?
Mistakes of men are made
by seeking domination of others,
be them men, or beasts, or such
grand conjured deities of God or Nature;
in controlling these, many or few,
they avoid control of their very selves,
losing enlightenment to clouded sight.
We must worry ourselves not
over the thoughts and deeds of all the world,
but rather concern our minds
with pursuits of moderation,
and seek not to harm or interfere
with others along their own paths.