It's Not About You, a poem written by Paula Puolakka at Spillwords.com

It’s Not About You

It’s Not About You

written by: Paula Puolakka

 

Everybody wants to be heard.
Everybody wants to be right.
Everybody wants to prove somebody else to be wrong all the time.
These are the reasons why we fight,
and these are the reasons why things have gone up in smoke time after time.

Ego wants this.
Ego wants that.
The ego wants to oppress other individuals.
Ego is the reason why we fight,
and ego is the reason why many lives are defined by the eternal night.

We want to be heard.
We want to be right.
We want to prove the others to be wrong all the time.
The narrow-minded sects and the private clubs are the reasons why we fight,
and they are the reasons why the atmosphere feels to be so uptight.

Loosen up! Let it go!
If a warmonger can love a pacifist,
and if a pacifist can admit that sometimes violent acts are needed to
secure the innocence of the weak and the vulnerable
– the children, the elderly, ancient trees, and animals –
then it’s not about you but the common good
and the basic principles dictated by Nature.

Paula Puolakka

Paula Puolakka

Paula Puolakka (born August 18, 1982) is a Beat poet, writer, and MA (History of Science and Ideas.) In 2019, The Finnish Reserve Officers' Federation gave her an honorable mention, honoring the academic legacy of Mr. Ludwig Wittgenstein and Mr. Theodore John Kaczynski. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Puolakka landed first and second in various writing contests and challenges. She was also given honorable mentions and honorable anthology slots. In Dec 2020, the PhDs of Tampere University gave her appreciation: her academic article - celebrating her Master's thesis of 2012 and the academic legacy of Mr. Kaczynski and Mr. Wittgenstein - was published by the science & university magazine Hybris. In April 2021, Puolakka won the second prize in the "Lahti, the European Green Capital 2021" writing competition (adult category). Her story celebrated "Teddy." In spring 2021, her views and ideas were published by Aamuset (Turku), Kirkkonummen Sanomat, Forum24 (Oulu), Maaseudun Tulevaisuus, and Kirkko ja Kaupunki (Helsinki, Vantaa, Espoo & Kauniainen).
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