The Fifth Element

By my ratiocination there exists five elements as the basis of life, four of which are widely accepted as fire, wind, water, and earth; above all of these elements rest the fifth element—art, for it is the materialization of the renown four.

 —Tshombe Sekou, The Poet

when you are happy with yourself you don’t have to dream of having someone else’s life; if your life is a struggle survive it because the truth is we all are struggling no matter our status.

Be happy with yourself and the rest won’t matter.

…we look at the same world with eyes and see differently: where I see order you define chaos; where you see war I see a chance for peace; where you see poverty I see happiness, and where you see a mad man I see a poet.

Verse 156 | Seeing the Significance of the Sum of All

We see a rose and enjoy and praise its beauty, but see not the hand that toils to bring it to fruition. For change to occur there is much that has to happen, though it may be unseen, it must happen. Social change is effective once the collective mind changes, as long as the collective is individuated by what it cannot see; it will be as a rose whose petals disperse unable to conceive beauty collectively, and thus remains stagnant: the body has no insignificant parts, for the finger may not be the heart it will extend itself to convey the heart’s love and intent.