When at university about 1970 I asked why conflict pervades our lives. After years I found the answer is simply the question of meaning I call "the last why" since it will never be answered. Still, we try and have tried to "fill the void" behind "Why am I?" in ways that conflict, since it was first asked by 'Eve'. Thus we've created our open-ended history of conflict we will soon close if we don't instead choose the "ideal reaction to the void".

In 2005 I decided to see if I was a fool for asking by seeking reaction to my analysis the only way an anonymous carpenter could, on this website. I first tried to attract visits with prose posts but changed to
poetry for reason in rhyme is memorable. I've had to advertise so I could be twice the fool but I remain undecided. Thanks for sharing. Doug.E.Barr  






Follow DougEBarr on Twitter 


Owner Login


It's just because we can't agree
That there's one reason we should be,
Our senses we behind us leave
To fight for what is make/believe.

Biology can tell us why
For our beliefs we shouldn't die.
Each is an artificial name.
Without them we are all the same.

We have unique capacities
That by our realizing frees
Us from beliefs, that we don't need.
To fill The void they won't succeed.

Instead they're causing fatal strife
That will in time conclude our life.
For life we have to heed the call
To see the ideal view for all.

Reader Comments (3)

Regardless what belief or beliefs we hold, unless we have the intelligence or seriousness to see that beliefs are plateaus and supports to launch further from there or, holding our place there, investigating or realizing more and more that it is never an end, nor can be by its nature, but rather is a tool for social and personal advancement - until we can see that, any and all beliefs become a thing of danger both to ourselves and each other.


I detect wisdom in your thought but I sense your thinking doesn't quite coincide with what you have said. Beliefs by their nature are ends. Their intended but vain purpose is to answer the "last why". In doing so they terminate "investigating" or in my words, "reaching out...". If we ever get the "intelligence" to see that "all beliefs become a thing of danger both to ourselves and each other." we will learn to live without beliefs. If we don't gain this intelligence humanity will self-destruct in an orgy of conflict. Doug.E.Barr

June 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMila

its a realy good poem
its one of the bes i have ever seen


Thanks. Doug.E.Barr

January 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteranan

Doug.E.Barr (if that's your name), i think your poetry iz wonderful!!!!!!

<3 ya


This is my name. Thank you for taking time to comment. Doug.E.Barr

August 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>