The useless

If you have no appreciation for what has no use 
You cannot begin to talk about what can be used. 
The earth for example is broad and vast
But of all this expanse a man uses only a few inches
Upon which he happens to be standing.
Now suppose you suddenly take away 
All that he is not actually using
So that, all sound his feet is a gulf
Yawns, and he stands in the Void,
With nowhere solid except right under each foot:
How long will he be able to use what he is using?Thomas Merton

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