Stop becoming extinct
King Pegan, prompted by the sight
Of a peacock shivering from cold,
Offered him his quilt and braved cold
On his way, as a [Tamil} legend says.
King Parry, prompted by the sight
Of a climber hanging for a stake,
Offered it his chariot and walked
Through the forest, as a [Tamil] legend says.
There were moments for you and me
When empathy waves engulfed us
And we sprang to action to save
The victims, braving the dangers.
Such decisions come from the Self,
Which is sheer independent
Of any rational thinking.
You forget yourself in this action.
This self is present in all mammals
But deteriorates in man.
Miseries are addressed by this self
Without which man will be extinct..
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