A Trail Of No Return

This poem is about entering the enchanted domain of the faeries. The title was chosen in light of the various times I’ve been tempted to follow the trails that break off from the main path during hikes through the forest. Some of these paths have a peculiar lure to them. It is enough to make you wonder what resides at the end of the trail. This poetic tale allows the imagination to run wild with bacchanalian wonder. Click on the image above to access the video.

Love & light,

JY

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Temperance – The Essence of Beauty

Temperance is a means for health & well-being
A base for the other virtues to take root & grow
By providence her goal is to achieve purification
To relinquish the superficial by simply letting it go

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JY

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O Fortuna (Poetry)

O Fortuna
Translated into English
Adapted and narrated by Jason Youngman

O Fortuna is a 13th century medieval Latin Goliardic poem which expresses displeasure about Fortuna; a grim fate that subjugates both gods and men in Greek and Roman mythology. The poem belongs to the Carmina Burana collection. Background music: Carmina Burana – O Fortuna – Carl Orff – Piano. Click on the image above to access the video.

JY

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Justice – The Luster of Virtue

The luster of virtue excels through justice
Awakened in conscience and equanimity
Through the release of pretence & wrongful gain
Trust in providence; the gift of anonymity

Immediately above resides the eighth stanza of nine from my poem titled The Scales of Justice. The symbol of 8 is the mark of infinity; as above, so below. It represents the universal law of eternity and its manifestation into our temporal affairs on earth. One means to cultivate the soil of our souls can be found in the words of Socrates:

For my aim is to persuade you all both young and old alike, not to think so much of yourselves and your properties, but to first and foremost care for your inner self. Your wealth does not make you good but from your inner goodness comes great wealth and every other benefit to man.

Such archaic resplendence encapsulates the spiritual foundation by which providence moves. Soul is not a “me” entity but a “we” phenomenon. Anonymity is a selfless disposition – an altruistic heart – by which we care for and consider the welfare of all in our own personal quest and realisation of eudaimonia; that which is part and parcel with the common good. The virtue of justice sheds light upon the path of reconciliation and peace. It provides a standard by which cooperation and unity are made possible; a means to make better decisions along the way; an awakened conscience by which to discern and to preserve our conduct from falling into moral decay. Click on the image above to hear the entirety of my poetic display.

Love & light,

JY

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Fortitude – A Castle of Endurance

This poem was articulated with a view to linking the various aspects of fortitude with a visual image for the purpose of aiding the reader in recollecting the whole through the part. To re-collect, i.e. to re-connect the aspects of fortitude into one synthesis or whole, is a matter that requires diligence and imagination. In order to apply the full power of this virtue we have to become acquainted with the various aspects and situations by which it can be enacted and understood. We know from significant philosophers that the heart of fortitude can be recognized as courage, strength and endurance. Yet how we come to terms with this knowledge may largely come about through a non theoretical manner such as toughening it out in the school yard. By no means is literature the only way to observe this universal entity by which we can overcome trials and tribulations. Nevertheless if we have the soul and constitution for poetry, it can be a beautiful way to become intimate with the zeal of fortitude. Share with me a meaningful quote (or a short passage) on the nature and significance of courage and click on the image above to engage my poem on fortitude.

Love & light,

JY

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Lose yourself in Eternity

Some find their way through it all; others abide their long days amiss
No concern for metre and rhyme; emptiness their refuge and bliss

Long the night with hidden star; longer still a lonely meander am I
To grapple this fleeting shadow; with inane words that barely edify

Along this final rung a code; a cryptic word in ancient Hebrew
Letters swarm all around you; another penetrating mystery to construe

You utter the name of the angel, and steps appear to lead the way
Into the unknown you persevere, with the angel as your valet

You are no longer you anymore, but emptiness to the inner core
A passing thought without a home; resistance in an endless roam
Now say my name as if your own, and abdicate this foolish throne
Take my hand and rise with me, lose yourself in eternity

My name cannot be spoken here, unless the skies should raineth fire
And you of little faith & wonder, should greet your funeral pyre

Now the time has come at last, for those of you with ears to hear
To reckon the number of man, and rise above this lowly sphere

Your enemy is not your enemy; neither is your friend a friend
All of life is but an illusion, a place to extend & make pretend

There is no such thing as me & you; us and them or anything you do
There is only bright endless light; which no-body can accrue

Now that you have seen the light; where there is no right or wrong
Suspend your will forever more; sing with me this one last song

You are no longer you anymore, but emptiness to the inner core
A passing thought without a home; resistance in an endless roam
Now say my name as if your own, and abdicate this earthly throne
Take my hand and rise with me, lose yourself in eternity

Now say my name one last time, and sever these chains to modernity
Take my hand and make the climb, lose yourself in eternity

By Jason Youngman
Music by Altus / Har

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Winter’s Faith – Poetry

Each winter greeted with a promise of enthusiasm
Snow forts, downhill sliding & a good snow ball fight
Our mouths open wide to catch the falling snow flake
Such moments as these cherished for its own sake
Come the spring they would melt away into nothing
To be banished for another year from our sight
There were no tears then in the lesson of letting go
Life was still magical and as transient as the snow
For our faith was as strong as the chords of forever
Come hell or high water our souls shall endeavor.

By Jason Youngman
Winter of 2018

(Click on the image to download in high resolution. My photo was taken
on the Grand Concourse trail just up from Long Pond along Mount Scio.)

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WINTER EMBRACE

Cyclic this journey through which existence spreads her wings
To embrace the all and the nothingness that allows it to encase
Accept the pull of meaninglessness while here in the final rings
And let courage be thy grounding stand for winter’s true embrace.

No more whining and sleeping while there is work to be done
Lean into the cold blustery wind and let your rigid hold go
Even though our soul has fallen far away from its kindred star
It is here in the great unknown that transforms our fleeting ego.

Freezing to the touch all things must break down and be no more
Tired and confused, alone and forgotten, our lives come to naught
Death may overtake us while anxiety seems to linger on an inner war
Yet that too shall pass along with every memory & fading thought.

To be born again is no mere figure of speech for a poetic touch
For the symbols used in language represent matters very much
Just as an embryo suffers great birth pangs to enter another life
We too must give way to a great winter of bitter cold & strife.

Cyclic this journey through which existence spreads her wings
To embrace the all and the nothingness that allows it to encase
Accept the pull of meaninglessness while here in the final rings
And let courage be thy grounding stand for winter’s true embrace.

Now we can say with all confidence and every manner of truth
Old age and sickness, dying and poverty, wonderland and youth
Have all come and gone again and again like the echo of a bell
Yet who among us has the power to break the binding spell.

Between order and chaos there is a narrow path that leads on high
Each step taken in faith is another way to open the mind’s eye
Here resides the resistance, the unquenchable thirst to demystify
As though you alone were omniscient and able to fully clarify.

At the bottom of Dante’s Inferno, there frozen in a thousand lies
A bitter and fragile devil, pretends to be the ruler of the skies
Once proud and powerful in appearance, now frozen & weak
Utters a word in silence, for he is way too cool to speak.

Cyclic this journey through which existence spreads her wings
To embrace the all and the nothingness that allows it to encase
Accept the pull of meaninglessness while here in the final rings
And let courage be thy grounding stand for winter’s true embrace.

Winter is a time for faith and trust in all that has been done
It is a time to believe in the day, even if you cannot see the sun
A time for vulnerability and weakness, a letting go of everything
For all that is loss to winter, shall be renewed in the spring.

By Jason Youngman
Music by Altus – Winter Embrace

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Cheers,

JY

“The act of accepting meaninglessness is in itself a meaningful act. It is an act of faith” – Paul Tillich

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Season’s Greetings – 2017

Wishing you all a very merry and warm holiday season! Here in my area of the globe each day now comes with more light and the snow fall affords the opportunity for cross country skiing. An awesome way to keep our bodies fit through nature and to have some good old fashion fun. My video above possesses a Christian sentiment by which my foundation years were laid. One need not logically understand the belief behind a virgin birth to appreciate what this meant for me as a child. For me it meant that the Creator loved us so much that he wanted to be with his children in a very special way. The weeks leading up to Christmas day were marked with candle light and reflective enthusiasm. Everyone in school gathered together to celebrate the occasion. Looking back upon my life such encounters are among my most wonderful experiences. Happy memories can certainly anchor us during times of difficulty. Speaking of which my poem fused into the attached video may place your finger upon the zeitgeist of this age we now live in. No doubt its pulse may feel coldly mechanical but look closer to see, realization is Immanuel!

Love & light,

JY

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What is Ethics?

What is ethics and why do we need it? It’s not an exact science and neither can it be successfully used to control or predict behaviour. What does it do and how is it useful?

ethics (n.): Reflective and systematic
study of morality. Ethics is
divided, in terms of subject matter,
into ethical theory and applied
ethics. Ethical theory in turn is divided
into normative ethics and
metaethics— the former dealing
with questions about how we
ought to live, the moral rules and
values we should seek to incorporate
and put into practice, and the
types of persons we should strive
to become; and the latter dealing
with second-order questions about
morality, such as whether it can be
said to be objective or universal.
Applied ethics takes up a range of
concrete topics (e.g., ones arising
in relation to biomedical practices,
or in the pursuit of economic justice).
Ethics also is divided, in terms
of its methodology, into philosophical
and theological—the former
treating morality in light
of human nature as such and as
knowable apart from explicit divine
revelation; and the latter
treating morality in light of human
nature as understood (by Christians)
to be fallen and redeemed.
(Note: “Ethic” is sometimes used
as a singular noun to designate
a particular normative theory or
principle.)
— Words of Wisdom: A Philosophical Dictionary for the Perennial Tradition

In the video above we are faced with the idea that the study of ethics is to discover the nature of the highest good and to find the appropriate means for its realisation.

Love & light,

JY

“Every art and every kind of inquiry, and likewise every act and purpose, seems to aim at some good; and so it has been well said that the good is that at which all things aim.” — Aristotle

 

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