our age of enlightenment

sun feet - December 1, 2014m

“This is an age of enlightenment…

…but this is not an enlightened age.”
                     — John Locke

Those words from the 18th-century English philosopher have helped me through some difficult times…

…times when I’ve become so discouraged by what I see in this world…

A world more enlightened than Locke’s, certainly…

…yet still so dim.

Sometimes quite dim in those places where we hope to find light…

…the light that will show us the way.

No, it’s not an enlightened age…

…and yet, I believe it is an age of enlightenment.  We’re free to seek enlightenment and have the resources to help us find it—

—resources not available to average folk in earlier times…freedom not given.

But our search can be frustrating.  Freedom from structure also means lack of structure.

Perhaps, like me, you’ve bumbled and stumbled in the dark…

I’ll find pockets of light.  Then quickly lose them.  One moment, I’ll feel uplifted.  Then in the next, fall back down—hard.

The pleasurable sensation of walking on air…

…can give way to worry as I began to wonder if I have a firm foundation under my feet.

Yes, the journey can be scary…

But as children, didn’t we hope for adventure?

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
myth steps: the book


About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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