and there are still people who say CSA has no lasting effect?
Yes, I've heard there are such people - the same ones who have spotted Elvis in their local Taco Bell.
Which is, of course, absurd. Anyone with ANY brains knows Elvis prefers Burger King.
Words have such power to shape our reality. When I read the lines about the glory of knowledge that you never gave up, I was momentarily inspired. Then the next two lines dashed the inspiration to pieces. Why? I think it's because the words "vain ego" reduce the essence of inspiration and will to overcome to a mere personality flaw. That contrast though is what made it meaningful to me.
I think it shows what great care we need to take choosing the words that shape our reality so we don't dash precious parts of ourselves to pieces.
I would agree - which is why those words were so carefully chosen. My hope was to bring focus and attention on the following two lines - that there MUST be more than just "vain ego" - otherwise it's all crushed and worthless.