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The Role of the Beat Puppy...


When I was a child:

abused, and frightened

and rather angry;

I learned

that if I played the role

of the beat puppy,

really leaning into

those tendencies

already present

I could manipulate

some authority figures

into being less cruel

some of the time.

I was not the only child

who learned this lesson.

And I was not the only child

who needed to unlearn it

as well.

Could this be

why many of us,

as adults,

seem to act

as if we only had two modes:

cowardice or hubris?

Ask a parent

and they will tell you

that children are born

into their selfish brain-stems

but have to develop

into the empathetic

and cooperative mid-brains;

and some never do.

The desire to manipulate others

to provide for ourselves,

no less protect ourselves,

is undoubtedly infantile.

And it can work,

to a certain degree,

in the short term.

But it is most certainly

NOT sustainable.

Just as it is unseemly

to soil ourselves as adults

it is likewise

no longer appropriate

to strive manipulate others

to protect our vulnerabilities

or meet our needs,

no less desires.

The path to maturity spans

from the fear and competition

of the brain-stem

to the empathy and cooperation

of the mid-brain.

According to this metric

the MOST mature of us

are sometimes called,

“Sage, or Buddha, or Mensch.”

The latter is especially true

if you, like me

are no stranger to a bagel.

Do you want

to become a happy,

well-adjusted adult?

Then forsake the means

of manipulating others

to protect yourself,

no less receive what you desire.

We must exercise the

honesty and courage

to simply request what we desire

and we must also cultivate

the wisdom of release

that is surrendered to the idea

that you can’t always get

what you want.

Just as Jagger and the Stones

sang about

in the song of the same name.


Let us conclude

with a simple

call to action


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