THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
Epiphenomenal though mind may be,
For us it’s how we constitute what’s real;
It’s mind decides on what we feel and see,
What attitudes of consciousness reveal.
For nothing that we know’s immediate
But mediated by thought’s medium,
And what we see is not just what we get;
Interpretation modifies that sum.
So, tending to one’s mind’s imperative;
Its careful cultivation matters most,
Determining how fruitfully we’ll live:
Reality is governed by this ghost.
Know then that as you constitute your mind,
That way you’ll find your destiny inclined.