Humanity I Love You

by E. E. Cummings

Humanity i love you
because you would rather black the boots of
success than enquire whose soul dangles from his
watch-chain which would be embarrassing for both

parties and because you
unflinchingly applaud all
songs containing the words country home and
mother when sung at the old howard

Humanity i love you because
when you’re hard up you pawn your
intelligence to buy a drink and when
you’re flush pride keeps

you from the pawn shop and
because you are continually committing
nuisances but more
especially in your own house

Humanity i love you because you
are perpetually putting the secret of
life in your pants and forgetting
it’s there and sitting down

on it
and because you are
forever making poems in the lap
of death Humanity

i hate you

This poem is not in it’s original syntax, unfortunately. It has however been circulating around my conscious mind for the past few days. The older I get the more I come to understand this beautiful poem and all of it’s practical applications to, not just my life but the lives of people I’m close to, those I’ve spent time with, those I’ve come to admire and those that I don’t know yet, because I’ve seen all of these things happening to the above categories in the past years.

“when you’re hard up you pawn your intelligence to buy a drink, yet when you’re flush, pride keeps your from the pawn shops”

I take this to mean that, if I am unable to appreciate and hold my creative intellect to a higher standard, why should I expect the outside world to as well? I firmly believe (now more than ever) that the way the outside world treats us is a mirror image of how we treat ourselves. The external experiences we have, company we keep and interactions we acquire are nothing more than the result of our internal dialogues.

So, here’s to cultivating a new kind of personal outlook (and in-look)…one that doesn’t beg or falter in the face of a challenge, one that’s steadfast and strong-willed enough to keep me from “pawning my intelligence” when I’m “hard up” and to keep us from the pawn shops with something like pride but infinitely less destructive: reassurance of self and a deep knowing of our long term goals and intentions.

Ask yourself: what are my long term goals and intentions?

At 25, I’ve only begun to realize the importance of what this means in relation to cultivating a sustainable work-future. Work and life are not different entities, they are two collaborating forces that lack the ability to exist in a constructive equilibrium without one another thus demanding respect and love from all parties involved.

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