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Ashrama - Opening scene.

There will come soft rains,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

And frogs in the pools singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white.

Robins will wear their feathery fire,
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done

Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly;

And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn
Would scarcely know that we were gone.
                --Sara Teasdale.

Ayu stood at the base of a great river preforming his morning ablutions.
    In the distance he could see the sun like a raising haze of glory before the land. It’s warm light glided over the water, coloring the old hermit in bright rainbow particles that light up his time worn skin.
    He bowed, said a prayer to Ganga, even though this wasn’t really the river Ganges, he was grateful all the same.
    He was a wiry skeleton of a man, his sunburnt skin and wrinkled skin bare to the world, his only cove…

Thomas Paine - A Short Bit on Government

In the words of Thomas Pain in his pamphlet, Common Sense;

"Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas, they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government  by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last is a punisher.

Society in every state is a blessing, but Government even in its best state is but a necessary evil..."

Important to remember, I think.