anushmadhu Sanna Ratnavel

' Man' Cannot Be Defeated

Sympathy is
Not less than a destroyer;
It kills the man
Who receives it;
Men who pose are
A killer of mankind.

Empathy is
For harnessing
And lights the world of the needy;

Accepting unfair
Popularity is a
Double-edged knife
For your own neck,
And let it not be sharpened
Very often.

Success does not exist
In life,
As well
The defeat is an illusion.
Hence
'Man can be Destroyed*
and Cannot be Defeated'

*Ernest Hemingway- The old man And the sea

Topic(s) of this poem: philosophy

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Poem Edited: Thursday, May 1, 2014

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  • Louis RamsLouis Rams (2/13/2010 10:38:00 AM)

    man destroys himself and all that is around, that is the reason this world has gone down.

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  • Bonnie Lundgren (2/9/2010 4:03:00 AM)

    There is still honest, real love in the world. There are still men who would give their lives for another. There are people who would still sing in the face of adversity and I would sing with them. Is holding back sympathy, empathy, creating anything good? No. Looking away, or hardening your heart into cynicism will only bring bitterness. I, with the persecuted and with the savior, would become vulnerable. I would open my heart and love. And this is the power that changes lives, that the Lord God would touch an open heart. May your heart be open.

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  • Anju Addanki (1/20/2010 1:52:00 AM)

    A gfood one nice words and true facts

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  • Jude Ogunade (1/16/2010 2:49:00 PM)

    Anushmadhu, I believe sincerely in enthusiasm which is the spice of life, I believe also in cycles (in varying forms) . The end is actually the beginning, whilst in actual fact, there is never any end. We should then insist on quality life for everyone, for after all, the pains of life and joys of it, is for man himself.

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  • Maran Venugopal (1/16/2010 6:48:00 AM)

    Man can be Destroyed*
    and Cannot be Defeated' terrific

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  • Thor Fabian PettersenThor Fabian Pettersen (1/15/2010 12:53:00 PM)

    Did I understand the poem correctly in that:
    World sympathy is more of a political game (they must not lose face) , than actual sympathy? Like a friend of mine said, “I do not give support because the whole thing feels like I'm feeding one child in my family, and then I let the others starve! Neither of us have given support to Haiti. Personally, I feel like that my tax should cover it, I mean, the tax of the people: we need an objective working system; -) But people do not want to pay more tax so we can truly give our support, therefore, “evolution” makes the whole system subjective. The argument ebbs and flows. We can pick and choose who we want to help and who we let die. A wonderful system! (NOT!) At least we get to satisfy our need for the free will of the choice. If it wasn't disaster in the world, we would make it, because, we have to have our morning paper! However, I study ethics now, and I got to say, it's way more complicated than anything I had ever imagined! It's like a puzzle with 6 billion pieces (if you know what I mean) . Thus I remain humble when it comes to questions of morals and ethics. But let me put it thus: morality does not stem from the Bible! Maybe we can all write a poem together? Titled: Haiti.

    The poem reminds me of Thomas Metzinger, “Nobody is ever born, and nobody ever dies.”

    Success does not exist
    In life,
    As well
    The defeat is an illusion.

    http: //www.youtube.com/watch? v=mthDxnFXs9k

    Great poem; -)

    Powerful theme!

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  • Rachel Anderson (1/13/2010 5:50:00 PM)

    this is such a good poem, so enlightning and so true. thanks :)

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  • Noel Horlanda (1/13/2010 2:33:00 AM)

    You're right man can be destroyed but can't be defeated, because man is a smart alec. He can be destroyed by the sins he committed. This is a marvelous philosophical poem.

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  • Agent Chaos (1/12/2010 11:46:00 AM)

    The opening line sets the tone for the entire piece. Again, I love it!

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  • Jequethia Jones (1/11/2010 7:24:00 PM)

    this poem speaks to me on so many levels... I love the way you placed your words great job

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  • Ency BearisEncy Bearis (1/11/2010 9:03:00 AM)

    an insightful poem....great poem.....10

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  • Catharyne Walton (1/11/2010 5:49:00 AM)

    Very passionately written

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  • 7he N0153 4nd 7he Fur9 (1/9/2010 1:14:00 PM)

    Man can be destroyed
    and cannot be defeated

    I love thisline, it says to me.....feel me die...fear my brother, vengeful but yet beautiful! ! !

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  • Dr.subhendu KarDr.subhendu Kar (1/9/2010 10:51:00 AM)

    Sympathy is
    Not less than a destroyer;
    It kills the man
    Who receives it; ........................beautiful writ by wise words,10+, thanks for sharing

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  • Scott Creed (1/7/2010 5:55:00 PM)

    'Sympathy is
    Not less than a destroyer;
    It kills the man
    Who receive it;
    Men who pose is
    A killer of mankind.'

    Very enlightening... very meaningful... fantastic...

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  • Whisperkwane Lamb (1/6/2010 7:37:00 PM)

    e.e.cumming and Henry David Thoreau would be proud of you...view the past with the future...not bad...a bit of whats real inside the mind of man...keep writing...good job

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  • Prince Obed de la CruzPrince Obed de la Cruz (1/6/2010 3:14:00 AM)

    nice write... this reminds me of Ernest Emmingway's Old Man And The Sea... it was a hit!

    nice thought presentation

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