The Ethics of Becoming



To become or not to become
That which we were divined to become.
That is the eternal question
That begs for an answer.

About this poem

This poem explores the teleological goal of human Individuation, as well as the ethical and philosophical question concerning the purpose of Being and of Becoming, existential concerns that preoccupied intellectual minds like those of William Shakespeare, the bard of Avon, Jean-Paul Satre, the philosopher of existentialism, and Carl Gustav Jung, the analytical psychologist; questions which eternally plead for the attention of all enquiring minds.

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Written on June 20, 1985

Submitted by karlcfolkes on September 15, 2021

Modified by karlcfolkes on September 16, 2022

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AABC
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 119
Words 25
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 4

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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