Seeds of Faith 

as trees shed leaves each yea 
r so we shed memories 
and eventually no 
thing is left of us 
but a few tiny seeds . . . 
as those particles are bl 
own across the fields of sp 
ace many become fal 
low while a few germ in
it takes faith to rise 
in fields of un 
yet if you ex a mine 
a forest closely 
it'll be clear s
eeds of life 
spring up 
Lex: (adopting an Hindi accent) Unless we extinguish all seeds of desire, rebirth is inescapable.
Lis: (chuckling in amusement) That's the classic Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, and Sikh doctrine, isn't it?
Lex: I choose to think of it this way: the real issue is patterned conditioning: the compulsive need for something. In a sense, every desire creates its own cycle of rebirth.
Ron: Yet patterned conditioning is part of being human: food, air, sleep, sex, and self-worth are things no healthy person can do without. And without patterned conditioning, many tasks would be impossible.
Linda: (nodding) I agree, and that's why moderation is important. Rather than trying to eliminate desire, isn't healthier to accept it without undue clinging? A preference need not be an obsession.