The collar, you see, restrains the beast
In his pursuit of a fancier feast.
The dollar, then, restrains the man
From following after his self-centered plan.
Blue collars, white collars,
Dollars dripped in red.
Which collar, for you,
Will they place around your head?
Will you be led to believe that the collar you earn
Is solely based on the knowledge you learn?
Or will you discover that the number of dollars
Determines the number and color of collars?
It is good and well to aid mankind
Upon this noble trek;
But do it for the reasons of progress and love;
And not a collar squeezing your neck.
To you, I would say, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.”
But look as the yeast has already worked its way through the dough!
Is all of mankind not grown forth from the same tree?
“For if man will behave this way when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
by Vincent Godfrey Burns (1893-1979)
Not how much is your gold,
Not how great are your lands;
How kind is your heart?
How clean are your hands?
Not knowledge nor pride,
Not a crown nor a creed;
Have you found the good life,
Have you helped those in need?
What good did you find
On your way to the goal?
How broad is your mind?
How sweet is your soul?
He that says, “Love your enemies, do well to those that persecute you,” does not teach you to judge and despise; he teaches you the way of meekness. He teaches that you should be a light to the world so that those who do not believe might see by your works that you are children of God.
-Jacob Boehme, The Threefold Life of Man, Chapter Six (modernized)