Wednesday, July 01, 2015

The Value of Man: A Poem

The Value of Man: A Poem based on the Bible story where Jesus frees a man possessed by demons by casting the demons into a herd of swine.

He wandered among the tombs
possessed of heart, body, and mind
no chains nor shackles
were strong enough to bind.

Night and day he cried out
by the tombs and in the hills
and though many had tried
none could hold him still.

Then a stranger came ashore
a man from Galilee
with friends upon a wooden boat
they crossed the unruly sea.

The man fell down upon his face
and then cried aloud
all were taken back at this
for in his voice, a crowd.

For mercy cried the demons
those who lived therein
to the swine we beg you cast us
please not to hell again.

Their plea by Him was headed
though malice was in the plan
destroy the town's possessions
and He will feel the wrath of man.

Headlong went the livestock
over cliffs into the sea
the man sat dazed and staring
once again living and free.

"Be gone" cried the townsfolk
when word had reached their ears.
"You have thus destroyed us
for this one who sits so near."

Taking leave He turned to go
and the man turned that way
but He admonished him to spread the word
and for this the man did stay.

Hard hearts can be created
when value is seen in things
and when a man is but little
compared to a herd of pigs.

Take heed to value souls
and put pieces in their place
lest those wandering demons
come to rest behind thy face.

1 comment:

David Roemer said...

Animals engage in a struggle for existence [and] for resources, to avoid being eaten and to breed....Environmental factors influence organisms to develop new characteristics to ensure survival, thus transforming into new species. Animals that survive to breed can pass on their successful characteristics to [their] offspring.

The above quote is from a book (The Book of Animals) written in the 9th century that I got from "Science and Islam: A History" by Eshan Masood. I thought natural selection was invented by Darwin after Lamarckism (epigenetics) until I read "Evolution Revolution: Evolution is True. Darwin is Wrong. This Changes Everything" by Alan Bennett. I found out that natural selection was invented by Pierre de Maupertuis in the 18th century. Atheists prefer natural selection to Lamarckism because Lamarckism makes an organism more complex. Now I learn that Lamarckism and natural selection were invented in the 9th century.

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