Paul E Sexton, Poetry

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No Big Deal

The world is big,
the past is long
and millions upon millions of human beings
have tread the planet earth.
All with ideas about truth
the nature of ultimate reality,
and that which should and should not be done.
These individuals have always
banded together
out of similar ideas
or similar geographical proximity,
and these bands of individuals have always
come into conflict with other
bands of individuals,
over subtle differences of opinion
or conflicting claims on geographic subdivisions
or ownership of goods that have been assigned value.
These human beings,
and these bands of human beings
millions upon millions of them over millennia
due to their ideas and their claims
have caused the creation of
tribes
villages
towns
city-states
nations
countries
empires
religions
political parties
armies
caste systems
feudal systems
schools of thought
social organizations
courts
corporations
agencies
governments
congressional bodies
guilds
unions
organized crime
revolutions
civil wars
insurrections
trade agreements
military alliances
brothels
shopping malls
sporting events
lynch mobs
crusades
witch hunts
inquisitions
rock concerts
counter cultures
concentration camps
network television
market research
consumer trends
and reality TV

It all begins with an idea
all of it,
ideas less tangible than
the thickness of the human skull,

And for all of this
we toil, and work, and strive
and fight and die

All for ideas,
some of which undoubtedly
are not even good ideas
to begin with.

2003