Elements of a grand philosophy about life

The alphabet of life,
is a caravan of letters,
riding into the dusk of our thoughts,
each guarded by a sense of conformity,
surrendering to the fate
of falling into places,
forming words
to fill the empty spaces
of the grand scheme,
grandeur is just our wishful thinking
that the puzzle is unsolvable.

The phrases of life,
are a collusion of words
to find a common purpose
and create those ideas for redemption.
Nothing but fragments of the plot,
each carries an awareness
of what is missing
and of voids that need filling
with lesser brush strokes,
to create our universe
in a grand collaboration,
grandeur is the levity we seek
to believe that the design is inexpressible.

The statements of life,
formed with cabals of phrases,
masquerading as logic,
the notions and prejudices
repressed for association,
as a compromise is reached
to defend the thesis.
They fall into places,
in their ordained spaces,
reluctance subdued
by the grand revelation,
grandeur is just the ruse the mind longs for
to establish that its limits are unsurpassable.

The essay of life,
made of circuitous statements,
juggled with the adept hands.
A magic construed
with fancy flips of conscience,
conviction and applause
are driven by the the need for a facade,
to toe the line
and feel each other’s comforting presence.
The game is forever played
as part of a grand vision,
grandeur is nothing but the optimistic delusion
to prove that life is much more than what we live for.


40 thoughts on “Elements of a grand philosophy about life

  1. This grandeur of illusion, wishful thinking, levity and ruse of mind helps one read the alphabets, phrases, statements and essays of life with some purpose at least! I like this mid-week philosophical verse. In fact, I like it very much.

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  2. Words and phrases are fundamental elements to how we remember our experiences, – there is a whole theory of psychological intervention called β€˜narrative therapy that is founded on that basis. Semantics can make all the difference to how we remember and react to things. Grandeur and illusions included. I like this poem, lots to think about.

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      • Actually, Lao Tzu wrote the Tao Te Ching after leaving the city to go to the wilderness to die. A guard asked him what he was doing. Lao told him his plan and the guard admonished him to write down his philosophy before he died… so, he did…

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      • What I learnt:
        1. Lao Tzu wrote Tao Te Ching
        2. he knew it couldn’t be written down
        3. the guard appealed to his guilt conscience and he succumbed
        4. everyone has flaws, but some flaws lead to grandeur

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  3. Ah, this is something that warrants reflection while reading, helping one understand their own understanding of the issue touched upon. πŸ™‚
    We use language, in all its forms and units, to express, but it limits just as much. More than a mode of expression, it is a boundary of out expressions, I feel. But there’s a beauty in comparing the boundaries of different languages.
    I liked this piece. Brings out nice thoughts! 😁

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    • It definitely brought out unique thoughts as evident from the comments, makes me happy. The incompleteness of language is the reason why philosophy is personal, much is lost in translation to words when we try to communicate. Some languages, as you say may be better tuned to express the subtleties, but in going deep they usually compromise on the breadth of concepts. A comparison is a good idea and most likely have been much researched, if not go get your PhD.


  4. This is one of those ESP unleashed in all his philosopher-poet ‘grandeur posts!
    Artistic and thought provoking, this is something incredibly beautiful you’ve created here.

    “grandeur is just our wishful thinking
    that the puzzle is unsolvable.”

    This stood out. As did the concluding verse. Congratulations!

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  5. Pingback: Elements of a grand philosophy about life β€” ESP rambles… | PHILOSOPHY IN THE MODERN WORLD

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