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I am (Declamation of Existence)
I am aware. I live and grow. I breathe the air that nourishes my life and I feel
the blood that pulses through my veins. I am constantly moving and evolving.
I think. I know that I exist. I continue to learn and the knowledge that gives
me a better understanding of all that is around me never ceases to expand in my
I am advantaged. I came into being under circumstances that allow me a higher
chance of survival and prosperity if I use them shrewdly.
I am disadvantaged. I came into being with circumstances that create challenges
and potentially impair my chances of survival and prosperity. But, these
challenges give me a better reason to pursue a life of happiness by overcoming
them and adding another victory to my legacy to come.
I love. I know what it is to care and to be cared for, and the strength that
I hurt. I know what it is to feel pain, and I use my experience in pain to teach
me rather than to torture me.
I contemplate. I search for meaning to the universe and I try to create a sense
of direction and purpose to my own life as a result. I have both doubted and
considered the existence of an intelligent entity of creation and the higher
powers at work that are invisible to my eyes. I have pondered the idea of my own
spirit and what purpose such a design could serve, both to myself and a possible
I create. I use my mind and hands together to create and manipulate things
necessary to my survival and to also express myself to the world.
I take from the traditions before my time and I use them as foundations in the
building of my own morality. My own moral value system that I make through
experience and introspective thought gives me something to which I can abide so
that I may feel complete and content with myself. As such, I am ambitious in
seeking a consistent state of being that is self-reliant.
I maintain. I will preserve my life and the lives of my loved ones by whatever
means I deem necessary. I take the responsibility to provide the necessities for
myself and those in my care by whatever means are reasonable. I recognize both
my own right to be and other life-forms' rights to be. But, I will not hesitate
to defend the life of my own or my loved ones if threatened.
I want. I desire for my life to end with more to my name than I had when my life
began. I always want to do more for myself and others and I never settle for
less than I am worth.
I have a right to be. I am part of this universe no matter what and I shall
continue to prove my right to exist. I would not wish to have lived any other
life, nor lived in any other time or place. I shall prove to the history to come
that I did exist and that I accomplished a good life of happiness in my own
© Justin Douglas Blackford
Oct. 26, 2006
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