We trudge along in our hard lives.
Suffer through illnesses and deaths.
But we still carry on.
Why does this flower continue
to hold its head up high?
It hopes for warmer days ahead.
We hope for better times.
Hope keeps us alive and warm.
We must never give up on hope.
What’s on the other side?
Strange sounds are emanating
from the thick blanket of trees.
You can only see darkness and
the slight rustling of leaves.
You know you want to cross the bridge.
So you begin the shaky walk across.
The bridge sways with each footstep.
Should you continue?
You hesitate but you move forward
step by halting step.
You reach the other side.
There’s a loud crashing sound behind you.
You quickly turn to see the bridge
falling into the water below.
Now you are on the other side looking back.
You know you want to go back.
But it’s too late.
Human nature might have dictated your wants
but the bridge has dictated your reality.
photo todd eberle
the palace of itamaraty, brasilia
oscar niemeyer, 1970
Why make something simple
as stairs into a complicated statue?
Why create a staircase with twenty steps
when it only requires four steps?
As human beings we love to complicate
everything around us.
We search for the complex solution when
the simple answer is staring us right in the face.
Simple can be just as elegant and rewarding.
Do you believe life would be better
if you had a mansion with a large pool?
If you had tons of money to spend
on anything you wanted?
Sounds nice doesn’t it?
But I wonder if these people
are any happier or more
content than we are.
Maybe they are still not
satisfied and want more.
Maybe human nature is to always want more.
Following this logic, these people are not
any happier than we are but are just more comfortable.