For the Greater


how often we fail to attain selfish
aims–ego-driven aspirations high
and mighty aggrandizement built toward
satisfaction of self and bragging rights,
something to trump neighbors and friends,   inspire
envy and covetousness  . . .  because I
(always uppercase) I want to do,   be known
renowned,   famous,   extraordinary   .  .  .   for *me*

but for the greater  —  greater good,   higher
purpose, or the charitable cause   —   for these
things individuals can rise and attain, 
usually in syncope with others
and much cooperation of peer groups —
build pyramids, temples, and walk on the moon.

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