When Thought Divorces Feeling — Reason For Hope in Desperate Times

Alan Rayner
2 min readDec 29, 2019


When thought divorces feeling

Self divorces neighbourhood

Mind divorces matter

Matter divorces space

Light divorces darkness

Fear divorces love

Anger rules the roost

No reason makes a difference

No care can heal the split

Each goes its own way

Without giving a damn

Hell-bent on the same fixed course

To who knows where it will all end


Thought returns to feeling

Self returns to neighbourhood

Mind returns to matter

Matter returns to space

Light returns to darkness

Fear returns to love

Anger subsides to patience

All in good time


Reason makes a difference

Care heals the split

Each lives in close companionship

With the other in its heart

Abiding in natural communion

Within a depth that’s made to last

A well-spring into future

No abyss that drains to past.

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The above is a response to the dismay felt by many of us human beings as an attitude of mind that severs self-interest from neighbourhood looks set to bring about its own demise, regardless of common sense and sensibility.
A reason to hope for a better outcome than might be imagined is offered by way of a reunion between thought and feeling, which recognises the natural mutual inclusion of space and energy as receptive and responsive primary presences in the evolution and diversification of all material form, including our own human bodies.

For more explanation and references, please visit: http://www.spanglefish.com/exploringnaturalinclusion.



Alan Rayner

Alan Rayner is an evolutionary ecologist, writer and artist, who is pioneering the philosophy of natural inclusion