June 22, 2018


"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.

And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.”


The Dalai Lama


my prime purpose includes

but doesnt entirely consist




not hurting


who share this life with me

though both are good both


part of


not all of

my lifes true prime purpose

which is, to quote a prophet

to do justice

to love kindness

to walk humbly with my God

all my good and lack of harm

comes not

from my natural good nature

nor comes

from my love for fellow man

but rises

alive in my grateful love for God


“He has told you, O man, what is good;

and what does the Lord require of you

but to do justice, and to love kindness,

and to walk humbly with your God?”


Micah 6:8


My Prime Purpose
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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