(Mis)Understanding

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Understanding is the root of all communication and conflict; the sole anchor of human interaction.

Understanding
Lets things happen
Silently, in peace
Makes us free of bonds
Painless, as destiny

Understanding
Empowers us to suffer
Without complaints
To take it in our natural stride
Enables us to be courageous
When everything is lost
In trial or discarded

Understanding
Authorises us to judge
Punish, isolate
Makes us furious
Blind and conceited
Frightens us to no end
To subdue or resist?

Understanding
Makes us free of hate
Distance, silence
Prompts us
To rebel or to oblige
Earns new bonds
To learn to be good

Understanding
Enriches us to be richer
Without possessions
Helps to suffer
To redefine love

Understanding
Leads to the middle path
Whispers to be the stardust
Makes us see from the clouds

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