Friday, February 17, 2017

Hollow Men

["We are the hollow men
    We are the stuffed men
    Leaning together
    Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
    Our dried voices, when
    We whisper together
    Are quiet and meaningless
    As wind in dry grass
    Or rats' feet over broken glass
    In our dry cellar."]


This excerpt is from the poem "The Hollow Men" by T.S Eliot. The whole poem is extremely great and thought inducing so I highly recommend reading it although it's too long to post the whole thing here on my blog.

We are the hollow men.
Headpiece filled with straw.
Dried, meaningless voices.

It's a sad poem, yes.
But it's also quite vivid with imagery and also full of reality.

The world is full of hollow men.
Hollow people.
Scarecrows made only of straw.
Voices spouting words that mean nothing when they should mean something.
We are people in desert land skipping around the cactus.

There's a lot to this poem and a lot that resonate with me in this day and age.

We are a world full of self.
And self is craftily created for the sole purpose of "likes" and comments which symbolize popularity and determines our self-esteem.
We create life in the form of pictures, statuses and relationships and call it meaningful when it's not.

If I could only make it seem like I'm living the dream then I've made it in life... right!?


Just like the blemishes on my forehead, I'll take the blemishes of my life and touch it up with a bit of make-up and make believe.

That's what we're taught.

Look like you're living a grander life than everyone else.
Look beautiful.
Be popular.
Be hollow.

This world is a mess.
The human race is a mess.

And we're hollow.

Don't become hollow.

Your life has meaning and His name is Jesus.

Seek Him.
Drink from His fountain of mercy and love.
Listen and obey His commands.
Take hold of the joy that is truly joy.
Leave this hollow world behind.
Leave it's fake and unsatisfying promises of happiness behind.

Sip joy and abound in it and abound in love.

Love is meaningful.

Take up your cross and follow Jesus.

Leave self behind.

It makes all the difference,

Trust me.


[The eyes are not here
    There are no eyes here
    In this valley of dying stars
    In this hollow valley
    This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms]


The world has nothing for you.
This hollow valley.
These lost kingdoms.
There's only one kingdom that is everlasting.

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