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It is often the case that people get caught in stereotypes and set modes of thinking. Without an ability to shake up the conventional, there can be no creativity. Children are masters at the ‘surprise’ mode of being, which is lost when people join forces to field a singular cause. There are many points of view, many ways of being and different cultural norms. We cannot become convinced of the ‘propriety’ of a certain way when half of us are hypocrites on some level. Purely virtuous people may exist, but are they without the sin of scorning those who do not imitate their ways? It is so in every profession, and we poets are not exempt. In fact, some of us may be worse, since our ‘calling’ professes to deal with the spirit, or the esoteric on some level. And there is a level of more truthfulness in a redneck who helps out someone in trouble than in a highbrow who writes a ‘good poem.’ /ez

The Right Thing
by Theodore Roethke
Let others probe the mystery if they can.
Time-harried prisoners of Shall and Will-
The right thing happens to the happy man.

The bird flies out, the bird flies back again;
The hill becomes the valley, and is still;
Let others delve that mystery if they can.

God bless the roots!-Body and soul are one!
The small become the great, the great the small;
The right thing happens to the happy man.

Child of the dark, he can out leap the sun,
His being single, and that being all:
The right thing happens to the happy man.

Or he sits still, a solid figure when
The self-destructive shake the common wall;
Takes to himself what mystery he can,

And, praising change as the slow night comes on,
Wills what he would, surrendering his will
Till mystery is no more: No more he can.
The right thing happens to the happy man.