In mid-2010, for some reason, I decided that I would start a third blog that would focus more on philosophies, literature, etc. I was inspired by several other blogs of that sort being run by folks in the technology world who had literary interests (for example, see the excellent book review blog, BookSnob by Lithium CMO Katy Keim) and by Paul Sweeney of VoiceSage (more on him in the actual post below) who is a published poet. I needed to fulfill my more spiritual, sensitive side, my empathy, my literary ambitions etc. I would call it: “Science of Business, Art of Life” which was derived from something that I quoted frequently – “CRM is the only science of business that attempts to reproduce an art of life – how humans interact.”
Well, we see where that got me.
I had one post in 2010 entitled “For Openers Humans are Good” – and that was it.
So, reluctantly, but obviously, I’m going to close out the blog.
But, I really liked the one post I did so to preserve it, I’m moving it – and subjects like it - into the PGreenblog picture henceforth. Especially after I transfer PGreenblog to my 56 Group social site when it launches later this year. Lots to talk about with that one but not now. PGreenblog will be migrated to Wordpress and onto the Joomla! based site.
In the interests of historic preservation, I’m re-presenting my post which outlines my outlook on things via a Shakespearian sonnet I wrote many many years ago. All Shakespearian scholars, forgive me in advance. Its my faux-Shakespearian English. Okay? Please?
I have spent hours trying to figure out what to open this blog with and have been simultaneously pumped up about some idea and then crashed down when I realized that it was either stupid, or pretentious or just really wouldn’t work. The whole purpose of this blog, as you may be able to guess by the name isn’t for me to just spew my personal feelings onto a digital wall every few…whenever…. It’s real purpose is to look at the bigger issues of human interactions from a more deeply personal and broader perspective – covering perhaps philosophy, neurobiology, art, pop culture, sports, economics – any and all large categories that encompass human social behavior – and mine too.
I did finally come up with something that I think would set the tone for the blog that I’m comfortable with and completely supports my persona of tough but sensitive New York metrosexual (see my Dissecting The Man Purse on PGreenblog and you’ll catch my drift) (you’re welcome to add an LOL here if you want. I’m thinking it). I’m going to talk about poetry.
Better still, I’m going to publish a piece of poetry that I wrote twenty years ago because it reflects what I think and something I think is very important to how humans interact, trust and actually might live as individuals. I was inspired to do this by a Skype discussion I had on Thursday, with a long time buddy, SCRM advocate, super smart Irish wag, Paul Sweeney, who is the European Marketing Director at VoiceSage – and a published poet.
Behind the Cadence
Okay, a blatant “Behind the Music” ripoff. I wanted to say “Behind the Music of the Spheres” which aside from being a reference to something from the Harmonia Mundi of Johannes Kepler and a beautiful poetic way of expressing how the universe is organized – both physical and otherwise – it sounded kinda arrogant. So I made it this instead.
The Fundamental Philosophy – Or At Least What I Believe
The concept that drives the poetry, I hope is clear. Man, as a species, and as an individual, is grounded in Good (the capital G is deliberate). Just to be crystal clear, this is not a religious concept at all. This is the fundamental nature of human beings – or at least how I see it. That Good though while perhaps a birthright, doesn’t mean that it will be utilized through life. What it means is that we have the option to be Good and the free will to exercise that Good – or not.
The poem argues that any individual human being has the capacity for Good because we are created that way. If we see God as the instrument of creation (I’m using God metaphorically here, as force of creation, not religiously) and God is perfect then creating man in his own image implies that Good nature. If man isn’t good, then God must be imperfect – and who thinks that?
Philo Judaeus, a great turn of the millennium Jewish philosopher and Platonic thinker, and one of my personal philosophical heroes, wrote in his most famous piece “On the Creation of the Cosmos According to Moses” “Every man is a miniature heaven.” Which, translated into plain English, means each of us has a spark of divinity within; the ability to move on a self-perfecting path toward that greater Good. We will never be perfect, but can be self-perfecting. But we also have the choice of whether and how we exercise that capability.
From my perspective, this is how each of us as individuals simply is and that affects how each of us interacts with each other and social entities e.g institutions.
To put it in a small way (NOT a tweetable version. I’ve learned my lesson on that): “Each of us is fundamentally Good. What we do with it is up to each of us.” Anything I believe in when it comes to CRM/SCRM and life in general starts from here.
The Actual Structure
As far as the structure of the poem, it’s written in the strict form of a Shakespearian sonnet. The rhyme and the meter are:
- Rhyme scheme = abab cdcd efef gg.
- Rhythm is iambic pentameter. Honestly, this isn’t my thing to explain iambic pentameter or tell you how to write Shakespearian sonnets. Here’s a place that you can go to learn how to write one if you’re so inclined.
The language is my interpretation of Shakespearian English, meaning it probably sounds kinda real but I’m sure any actual scholar or student of historic forms of the English language could shred me on this one until I cry big sloppy tears. But the point is the point either way.
A SONNET UPON CONTEMPLATING THE SOUL OF SHAKESPEARE
Thy beneficence, o’ Man, doth acquiesce
As baseness, coarse and foul, corrupts thy soul
But basest human being is Godly-blessed,
With baser man’s born Good like near-born foal.
Thy spirit tossed about by dark’ning wind,
Cold and brutal night descends on thee.
The chill blows harsh and deep through wounds of sin,
Appearance of the Good seems mockery.
Yet, mockery and tragedy are bound
In Nature’s pilgrimage to heaven’s portals.
E’en foulest souls of earth may choose the ground
To tread with Nature’s search for fairest mortals.
If Good not be the base for human pleasure,
Then perfect God, imperfect in his measure.
What you are reading here is pretty much what I think and feel. All I do in CRM stems from this notion. All that you will see me do in the future stems from this notion. All future discussions in the Science of Business, Art of Life will be grounded in this notion. I have no idea what you think of the poem, or if you can even understand the lingo. But I do know one thing. Its a joy to be alive and there’s a lot more than just CRM there to be alive for. So if you’re interested, and don’t think I’m just being some pretentious, pompous jerk worth ignoring, please let me know what you think at whatever level you feel comfortable publicly speaking of. On whatever bigger issues you might want to concern yourself with. But please try to be true to the spirit of the kind of conversation the blog is about – which is as human beings interacting with each other all the time over time, we have to recognize our ability to choose what we do and to choose the direction that we take. What is common among us is our ability to each choose Good over other things. What isn’t common is how we do that. Or not. That impacts culture, science, art, music, philosophy, economics, play, politics, food, wine and spirits, and any other individual human or institutional endeavor we are involved in. Which is what Science of Business, Art of Life is all about.
What else could it possibly be about but that?