Jan 13

And a Man sat alone…
Drenched deep in sadness
And all the animals drew near to him and said:
“We do not like to see you so sad
Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it.”

The Man said: “I want to have good sight.”
The Vulture replied: “You shall have mine.”
The Man said: “I want to be strong.”
The Jaguar said: “You shall be strong like me.”
The Man said: “I long to know the secrets of the earth.”
The Serpent replied: “I will show them to you.”
And so it went with all the animals.

And when the Man had all the gifts they could give; he left.

Then the Owl said to the other animals:
“Now the Man knows much and is able to do many things.
Suddenly I am afraid.”
The deer said: “The Man has all that he needs.
Now his sadness will stop.”

But the Owl replied: “No. I saw a hole in the Man.
Deep like a hunger he will never fill.
It is what makes him sad and what makes him want.
He will go on taking and taking.
Until one day the world will say:
I am no more and I have nothing left to give.”

(Maya Wisdom – a Fable told by Flint Sky to his son Jaguar Paw in Apocalypto)

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written by Chris

5 Responses to “The Hole in Man”

  1. AndyNo Gravatar PERU Says:

    Interesting, the anonymous 12 step programs often refer to people with dysfuncional problem as having a hole in their chest. They more or less explain that superficial changes or idea do not fill up the hole, what people need to do is truly change who they are in their minds not on the outside.

  2. ChrisNo Gravatar INDIA Says:

    Andy, thanks for commenting on this one. I actually just put it up, because I could relate somehow to this fable and felt it was quite motivating and food for thought. And yeah the movie shows pretty interesting how the new will make the old obsolete and that there is an ever-spinning circle of destruction and creation.

    So probably it’s also similar with dysfunctional people (who isn’t?). I know you and I are, not functioning normally in modern societies. ;-)

  3. Brad CallenNo Gravatar INDIA Says:

    This is look like as a poem if this poem then will fantastic but it is not a poem it is so boring post, really.

  4. johnNo Gravatar INDIA Says:

    It’s an excellent poem really. I am thoroughly impressed.

  5. Teresa OrlandoNo Gravatar CANADA Says:

    Thanks for this post. I guess with all the traveling you do you must regularly see the destruction and devastation humans cause to our planet. Even those of us who are not heavy travelers, are beginning to understand the problem associated with consumer culture, and the need for material goods.

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