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"We know through painful
experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must
be demanded by the oppressed." In "Letter From Birmingham City Jail," Martin
Luther King Jr., 16 April 1963.
Who just says what?
|Who just says what? And who just defines
Amorphous notions of hateful whines?
One man hates another man's speech,
And to silence one extends the reach
Of who can say what and who shall define
Uniformed speech, the tyrant's sign.
|Uniform thought is thought controlled;
An incorrect thought receives a scold.
Who just says what? And who just defines
When a thuggish tyrant speech maligns?
The fists of power rise up to crush
Whomever they deem it right to shush.
|Hate means what? In what legal sense?
What should it cost? What recompense
Must be paid by cash, limb, or life,
As each tyrant seeks to silence strife?
Who just says what? And who just defines
When tyranny freedom's speech maligns?
Envoi: "If we don't believe in freedom
of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."
Addendum of an Inquisition: "...the
Inquisition, guided by its founding in 1233 by the steely intellects
of the Dominican order, had developed the techniques that would
torment Catholic Europe and Latin America for centuries to come and,
in the process, provide the model for latter- day totalitarian
control of the individual conscience." In "The Perfect Heresy,"
by Stephen O'Shea, Profile Books, 2001.
Addendum of a Modern Inquisition:
"Large groups of citizens, loyal to the party and serving as informers
and enforcers at the grassroots level, can be seen almost everywhere in
China today. They are easily recognizable by the red armband they wear
prominently. The so-called “red armbands,” mobilized masses and cadres
for patrolling and inspecting, have become the instrument that the CCP
uses to monitor the community, especially dissenters and religious
believers. The appearance of these zealous citizens enforcing a
moral and disciplinary code on their fellow citizens reminds many of
past Chinese social movements, like the Fengqiao Experience or the Boxer
Rebellion." by Lin Yijiang, Bitter Winter, 30 December 2018.
Addendum of Another Modern Inquisition:
"The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice
enforces traditional Islamic morality by arresting or helping to secure
the arrest of people who engage in conduct that violates Islamic
principles and values. They are tasked with enforcing Sharia as
defined in Saudi Arabia. In addition to having the power to arrest
anyone engaged in homosexual acts, prostitution or fornication, they can
also arrest unrelated males and females caught socializing and enforce
Islamic dress-codes, eating habits (such as the prohibition from eating
pork) and store closures during the prayer time. They prohibit the
consumption or sale of alcoholic beverages and seize banned consumer
products and media regarded contrary to Islamic morals. They also
actively prevent the religious practices of other religions within Saudi
Arabia." In "Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of
Vice (Saudi Arabia)," Wikipedia article, n. d.
[ 2 ]
Addendum of a Choking Inquisition:
"The Justice Department has committed to ending a controversial
Obama-era program that discourages banks from doing business with a
range of companies, from payday lenders to gun retailers." In "Justice
Department to end Obama-era 'Operation Choke Point'," by Victoria
Guida, Politico, 17 August 2017.
[ 3 ]
Addendum of an Artistic Inquisition:
" 'Every artist whose work appears on Netflix should be
outraged that the company has agreed to censor a comedy show because the
thin-skinned royals in Saudi complained about it,' a spokesperson said.
'Netflix’s claim to support artistic freedom means nothing if it bows
to demands of government officials who believe in no freedom for their
citizens – not artistic, not political, not comedic'." In "Outrage
after Netflix pulls comedy show criticising Saudi Arabia," by Mattha
Busby, Guardian UK, 1 January 2019.
[ 4 ]
Addendum of an Inquisition by Regulation:
"In short, Patreon is choosing to monitor the speech of any creators
funded by its site and will apply its own standards to regulate that
speech even though the speech isn’t being published or hosted at Patreon.
It should go without saying that Patreon, as a private company, is free
to do so. But in the video below, Peterson suggests the move to oust
libertarian and right-leaning speakers is being driven by a left-wing
group called Change the Terms." In "Dave Rubin and Jordan Peterson
leave Patreon over free speech concerns," by John Sexton, HotAir, 2
[ 5 ]
Addendum of Dulling Inquisitions:
"...without a vibrant commitment to free and open inquiry, a
university ceases to be a university." In "Report of the Committee
Freedom of Expression," University of Chicago, n. d.
[ 6 ]
1 ] From the article: "Another
historical precedent was the turn-of-the-century Boxer
Rebellion. The Boxers (literally the 'Fists of Harmony
and Justice') were a Chinese secret society that led the
rebellion against colonialism and Christianity. Political
commentator Wen Zhao sees a common thread: 'What the
Boxers and the Fengqiao Experience have in common is that
both are forms of mass violence manipulated by those in
power to commit outrageous acts in the name of truth and
That violence and the threat of violence would be
"manipulated by those in power" is that common thread which
binds inquisition to inquisition throughout history and
across all cultures.
In this specific Chinese Communist example: "The
social credit system is based on the government’s phrase
'once untrustworthy, always restricted', and is set to be
tested further on the country’s train system from May 1, it
was announced last week." In "China's 'social credit'
system bans millions from travelling," by Jamie
Fullerton, Telegraph UK, 24 March 2018.
One may survey modern trends in the West in this regard:
2 ] Similarly, as organized by such
thought, one reads: "In the book Taliban by
Ahmed Rashid, the ministry is referred to as the Department
of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.
Maulvi Qalamuddin, the head of the ministry during the
Taliban era, preferred the English translation Department of
Religious Observances. The Ministry for the Propagation of
Virtue and the Prevention of Vice of Afghanistan was in
charge of implementing Islamic rules (Hanafi principles) as
defined by the Taliban. Its religious police raided the
streets arresting women not fully covered and people
listening to music." In "Ministry for the Propagation of
Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Afghanistan)." Wikipedia
article, n. d.
With regard to music
3 ] More on this "choke point":
"For those unfamiliar, Choke Point consisted of bureaucrats
in several independent federal agencies taking it upon
themselves to shut legal businesses – such as payday lenders
and firearms dealers – out of the banking system. Given the
nature of the U.S. regulatory framework, this operation was
easy to pull off." In "Newly Unsealed Documents Show Top
FDIC Officials Running Operation Choke Point," by
Norbert Michel, Forbes, 6 November 2018.
4 ] One could consider the
accusation, a relatively recent term, of
That the Saudi government may exercise its political
influence in another nation to push back at being ridiculed
is evidence of a government and its being very
5 ] From the Change the Terms
website, one reads: "While a free and open
internet creates immense social value, it can also be used
to engage in hateful activities and to do so at a large
scale. For example, white supremacist and other
organizations inciting hate are using online platforms to
organize, fund, recruit supporters for, and normalize
racism, sexism, xenophobia, religious bigotry, homophobia
and transphobia, among others. This chills the online speech
of the targeted groups, curbs democratic participation, and
threatens people’s safety and freedom in real life." In
"Adopt the Terms," Change the Terms, accessed January 2019.
Thus one becomes enmeshed in the discussion, what
constitutes hate. An opposing view politically can easily be
defined as hate, and thus this tactic becomes thuggish in
short order. Who shall "adopt" whose "terms?" Depending on
the severity of the inquisition, it becomes simply a matter
of exercising raw power.
Some People Don't Believe
From the article above, a seemingly compliant official at
the company stated: "We understand some people
don’t believe in the concept of hate speech and don’t
agree with Patreon removing creators on the grounds of
violating our Community Guidelines for using hate speech. We
have a different view. Patreon does not and will not condone
hate speech in any of its forms." Yet it has not
defined what hate speech is.
The article notes that this is mere and sheer politics:
"...the bottom line is that very well-funded left-wing
groups are pushing to 'no-platform' hate. In practice,
that looks a lot like going after anyone on the right who
has a different opinion. Put another way, if the
Southern Poverty Law Center is now in charge of defining
hate speech online, you can bet a lot of people who aren’t
remotely white supremacists are going to be swept up in the
dragnet as well. In June the SPLC made a $3.3 million
settlement with Maajid Nawaz over his inclusion in its
'Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.' Other groups
targeted by the SPLC have said they are considering lawsuits
Such circles back to the above mentioned capitulation by
Netflix to the Saudi government, as one of many contemporary
examples of the application of power, even national borders.
As to Patreon and their censoring of users, one reads:
" Podcast host Sam Harris objected to Patreon's approach
and announced that he would be leaving the platform because
of it. Shortly thereafter Patreon deleted the account
of It's Going Down, a hardline left-wing news website, for
doxing. Patreon CEO Jack Conte subsequently announced
that he would be expanding the company's appeal process,
regretting the initial wording of the letter which said
'[we] will not consider an appeal'." In "Patreon," Wikipedia
article, n. d.
6 ] The similarities to the
various topics above cluster. In the University of Chicago
protocol, one pledges with this: "...the University is
committed to the principle that it may not restrict
debate or deliberation because the ideas put forth are
thought to be offensive, unwise, immoral, or wrong-headed.
It is for the members of the University community to make
those judgments for themselves. As a corollary to this
commitment, members of the University community must also
act in conformity with this principle. Although faculty,
students and staff are free to criticize, contest and
condemn the views expressed on campus, they may not
obstruct, disrupt, or otherwise interfere with the freedom
of others to express views they reject or even loathe." In
"Statement on Principles of Free Expression," University of
Chicago, July 2012.
Consider the truths being revealed within the same old
strife appearing in this time as the dissonance between
Free speech, hate speech
and the rage of the hopefully fading
Addressing and Blunting
The observation as above of "totalitarian
control of the individual conscience" functions well as a sketch
of many entities across history, and in this modern era.
Such Committees for the Promotion of Virtue and the
Prevention of Vice" as one finds in Islamic lands are akin
to "Fists of Harmony
and Justice" and "social credit systems and choke points
strategies and de-platforming attempts as "Change the Terms"
cited above espouses, all similar attempts towards the
"totalitarian control of the individual conscience."
Not restricting "debate or deliberation because the ideas
put forth are thought to be offensive, unwise, immoral, or
wrong-headed" allows ideas, theories, narratives, debates,
research and clarity to sort themselves out in a free
society not dedicated to "totalitarian control." This is the
Thus, Chomsky's assertion is pointed and clear: "If
we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we
despise, we don't believe in it at all."
Who just says what? And who just defines / When tyranny
freedom's speech maligns?
I'll make reply quite readily.
A shrug's part of my medley.
I don't know much, that's for sure,
So I prefer to oft demure.
I'll confess, huh? not just guess.
Some might not, but I profess...
Pronouns at play - so some people say
Smarter than you.
Game over. I've won.
Thanks for the contest;
Thanks for the fun.
Dumber than me.
Game over. You've lost.
I judge as jury
You must be bossed.
Greater than you.
You will believe
By hook or by crook,
Or must we deceive?
Sure to have peace
As long as you heed
The rules as we rule.
You simply will heed.
Bound to submit
To our perfect views
And if you will not
We'll tighten your screws.
Surely the best;
And you will obey
Or righteously we
Will flay you this day.
- no doubt about it
I'd like to
fill the void that God once occupied - a reflection on secular
"Nietzsche’s works express a fear that the decline of religion, the rise
of atheism, and the abscense of a higher moral authority would plunge
the world into chaos. The western world had depended on the rule of God
for thousands of years -- it gave order to society and meaning to life.
Without it, Nietzsche writes, society will move into an age of
nihilism. Although Nietzsche may have been considered a nihilist by
definition, he was critical of it and warned that accepting nihilism
would be dangerous." In "God is Dead," Philosophy Index, n. d.
like to fill the void that God once occupied,
And so I seek for other gods and many have applied.
The god of genitalia is hard on opening wide,
While the god
of ego preens with all it finds inside.
The godly state salutes itself with flag and proper pomp,
While the god
of money counts its riches' ripened romp.
The god of ideology is well suited to its task,
While the god
of lordly pleasures oft must wear its mask.
I'd like to fill the void that is unsatisfied,
And so many
little gods line up, all to be glorified.
I prefer a vital God
Wonder Boy looks small and
relève d'une recherche quasi mystique, à l'image de la recherche du
nombre d'or ou de la divine proportion dans la Grèce antique."
In "Emmanuel Macron ou Jupiter 2.0 ?" by Harold Hauzy, 31 May 2017.
looks small and pale
In the lashing light of day;
Great he was on the glistening screens;
That slogan-slick image fades away.
Reality is that glaring light
Which strips pretense's play.
After 'The End' life goes on;
Tomorrow still has its say.
Wonder Boy was a role with lines
But behind the script's scrawled fray
Hid the ordinary and average
Which spotlights don't display.
Reality's not a fine fan of tales
Which repeat, rerun, replay.
Wonder Boy looks small and frail
In the slashing light of day.
Envoi: " 'C'est le roi. Il ne voit rien
rien rien rien', enrage Philippe, 74 ans et chef de file d'un groupe
de 'gilets jaunes' qui filtre régulièrement la circulation dans la
région du Mans." In " 'Gilets jaunes': la 'haine' contre le 'roi'
Macron, moteur de la colère," Agence France Presse/ Le Point, 5
Addendum of the Same Old Same Old:
"Research published last week by the Cevipof political institute at
Sciences Po university found more than two thirds of the French
people still had overwhelmingly negative views of politicians. When
asked to sum up their feelings towards them, 37 percent said they
felt 'distrust', 32 percent 'disgust', eight percent 'boredom' and
four percent 'fear'." In "Same old elite? Macron's 'revolution'
fails with fed up French," France 24/Agence France Presse, 18
Run around in circles
are stirrings of discussion these days in philosophical circles
about the prospect of human extinction." In "Would Human
Extinction Be a Tragedy?" by Todd May, New York Times, 17 December
And mull the
end of days.
Man is sure to go extinct
In oh so many
Prospecting for an ending
On which one
Run around in circles,
And mull the
Which extinguishes the circle
Until there comes some tragedy
prospectors might defend.
If philosophy in the forest falls,
And none will
hear its fall,
nothing much at all.
Run around in circles
And word the
Before the end is truly nigh
Addendum of So Many Options: "In futures
studies, human extinction is the hypothetical end of the human
species. This may result from natural causes or it may be the result
of human action. The likelihood of human extinction in future by
wholly natural scenarios, such as a meteorite impact or large-scale
volcanism, is generally considered to be extremely low. For
anthropogenic extinction, many possible scenarios have been
proposed: human global nuclear annihilation, biological warfare
or the release of a pandemic-causing agent, dysgenics,
overpopulation, ecological collapse, and climate change; in
addition, emerging technologies could bring about new extinction
scenarios, such as advanced artificial intelligence, biotechnology
or self-replicating nanobots. The probability of anthropogenic
human extinction within the next hundred years is the topic of an
active debate." In "Human extinction," Wikipedia article, n. d.
Addendum of Choosing Nihilism: "We’re
the only species evolved enough to consciously go extinct for the
good of all life, or which needs to. Success would be humanity’s
crowning achievement. May we live long and die out." In
"Success," The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, n. d. From their
website, "When every human chooses to stop breeding, Earth’s
biosphere will be allowed to return to its former glory, and all
remaining creatures will be free to live, die, evolve (if they
believe in evolution), and will perhaps pass away, as so many of
Nature’s 'experiments' have done throughout the eons. It’s going to
take all of us going."
Addendum of 'It Could Be': "Likening it to
a dangerous weapon in the hands of a child, he [ Nick Bostrom ] says
the advance of technology has overtaken our capacity to control the
possible consequences. ...change is coming whether or not we're
ready for it. 'There is a bottleneck in human history. The human
condition is going to change. It could be that we end in a
catastrophe or that we are transformed by taking much greater
control over our biology. It's not science fiction, religious
doctrine or a late-night conversation in the pub. There is no
plausible moral case not to take it seriously'." In "How are humans
going to become extinct?" by Sean Coughlan, BBC, 24 April 2013.
[ 1 ] One learns from the New York Times
byline that "Todd May is a professor of philosophy at
Clemson University and the author of, most recently, 'A
Fragile Life: Accepting Our Vulnerability.' He is a
philosophical adviser for the television show, 'The Good
As to the verbiage of "a fragile life" and
"vulnerability," an anonymous student opines:
"Todd is a very bright philosopher but he thinks very
highly of himself and doesn't really want to see you
stretch your boundaries and contradict him." In the
ULoop of Clemson University, n. d.
May opines in the NYT article, "It is humanity that
is committing a wrong, a wrong whose elimination
would likely require the elimination of the species...."
It is an interesting notion to blame "humanity," but it
is not an unusual notion, as one finds for those who see
The Scourge of the Planet
And so continues the larger tale of predicting an
[ 2 ] "We" is such a
fine pronoun, as an individual purports to speak for a
group, a movement, an entire nation or group of nations,
race, or the greatest of all, mankind. One may take a
lesson from those who so easily speak of "we," and to
opine that "we" might well be demonstrably wrong. As an
- wrong for more than forty years. Oddly, "we" seem not to be
choosing nihilism as readily as some would like.
[ 3 ] "It could be"
is such a fine phrase for scientists, as is the longer
sentence, "it could be we will get more funding."
One could and one may consider the use of such wiggle
words as used so frequently in the public handwringing
of various sorts on parade now as in the past:
Could and May
- an up-to-date play.
An editor's pick among the comments allowed by the BBC:
Scott0962 on 24 Apr 2013: "Whether humanity may go
extinct or whether it even deserves to survive are
questions for scientists, philosophers, theologians, and
perhaps science fiction writers to debate--the rest
of us are busy living."
Before the end is truly nigh / There's time
for parody. And there is time to be "busy living."
The Easy Button
"...they were men with well-defined and sound ideas on everything
concerning exports, banking, the fruit or wine trade; men of proved
ability in handling problems relating to insurance, the
interpretation of ill-drawn contracts, and the like; of high
qualifications and evident good intentions. That, in fact, was what
struck one most, the excellence of their intentions. But as regards
plague their competence was practically nil." "The Plague,"
Albert Camus, 1947 (Gallimard, French) trans. by Stuart Gilbert,
1948 (Hamish Hamilton, English).
[ 1 ]
That's the way.
Easy is but
One push away.
Flick that switch,
Come what may;
It's short and sweet,
But hell to pay.
Envoi: "Sir, Hell is paved with good
intentions." Samuel Johnson, 1775
[ 2 ]
[ 1 ] Camus' novella
ends, observing "...he knew that the tale he had to tell
could not be one of a final victory. It could be only
the record of what had had to be done, and what
assuredly would have to be done again in the never
ending fight against terror and its relentless
onslaughts, despite their personal afflictions, by all
who, while unable to be saints but refusing to bow down
to pestilences, strive their utmost to be healers."
[ 2 ] A generation of
politicians passes, as one reads "...communities
experienced massive upheaval, and just as here in the
U.S., there were race riots and community tensions. One
man predicted it all, but was widely panned by the media
and the political class for doing so. Enoch Powell was
sure to be a Conservative Party leader if he had just
kept his mouth shut, but as he said on April 20, 1968,
to a small room of supporters in Birmingham, UK, 'All I
know is that to see, and not to speak, would be the
great betrayal'." In " 'Enoch Was Right,' Raheem
Kassam writes in his new book on a forgotten hero of our
times," review by Ned Ryun, American Spectator, 27 April
Try to cite the sources,
As 'experts say' speaks dumb.
Name and clearly reference
obvious rule of thumb.
Assertions without sourcing,
Citations to be checked,
Is that old three card monte
Believe, an anonymous source says,
Because of -- well, you know --,
Is a shill game played by many
Who dance their dazzling show.
tells nothing really,
When 'they' have no named names,
And without the names and faces
There's are cynical unsourced games.
"Three people have appeared in court in Zimbabwe, accused of
stealing a suitcase containing $150,000 (£117,600) of cash
from the country's ousted president, Robert Mugabe." In "Mugabe:
Suitcase of cash stolen from ex-Zimbabwe leader," BBC, 10 January
[ 1 ]
Wouldn't you like a suitcase
Like the one a trio stole?
Politicians in most every place
Seem on quite a roll.
Wouldn't you like a stash
Like that which prime folk cache?
Politicians in most every land
Labor for their cash.
Wouldn't you like a packet
To lavishly lug about?
Politicians in most every age
Are rarely found without.
that pay quite well,
Addendum of Suitcases Full of Cash:
"...'it was a huge surprise when we found the empty
apartment and just the suitcases and boxes covered by a sheet,'
Daniel Madruga, who coordinated the operation, told local television
station Globo. Corruption has been an endemic problem in Brazil for
centuries, but a massive investigation has unexplained piles of cash
popping up around the country like never before. Believed to be the
largest corruption case in modern history, the probe uncovered a
complex scheme in which top business executives traded bribes for
lucrative government contracts." In "Brazil’s top politicians are
getting busted with literal suitcases full of cash," by Marina
Lopes, Washington Post, 7 September 2017.
Addendum of a Money-Stuffed Suitcase:
"Guido Alejandro Antonini Wilson, the star witness of the
money-stuffed suitcase scandal which involves Argentine and
Venezuelan officials, declared in a federal court in Miami that the
plane in which he flew August 2007 to Buenos Aires was carrying a
second suitcase with 4.2 million US dollars besides the 800.000
which were seized by Buenos Aires Customs." In "Suitcase
scandal: where's the rest of the money?" Merco Press, 24 September
Addendum of Money-Bag Politics:
"The history of Nigerian politics is replete with
money-bag politics. Although, there is hardly any country in the
world where instances of bribery or political corruption are not
present in their national politics, researches on Africa’s
postcolonial history, have however shown that, in Africa,
corruption is an institutionalized and a systemic practice affecting
not only the postcolonial state itself, but also the majority of the
citizenry. Using Nigeria, as a case study, this paper argues
that since the 1964/1965 Western Region elections to the 2007
general elections, there has hardly been any election conducted in
Nigeria without associated cases of corrupt practices such as vote
buying, ballot snatching, election rigging, election violence,
political and legislative lobbying etc." In "Money-Bag Politics,
2 ] And Flawed Elections In Nigeria: A
Theoretical Statement," Derin Ologbenla, Waziri Babatunde Adisa,
Journal of Public Administration and Governance, Vol. 2, No. 1
Addendum of Mexican Millions:
"Until Monday, the most prominent Mexican official accused of taking
bribes was Genaro García Luna, the country’s former public security
director. When Jesus Zambada testified in November, he told jurors
that he had met twice with Mr. García Luna in a restaurant and both
times gave him a briefcase stuffed with at least $3 million in
cash." In " El Chapo Trial: Former Mexican President Peña Nieto
Took $100 Million Bribe, Witness Says," by Alan Feuer, New York
Times, 15 January 2019.
[ 1 ] Some details: "Mr
Mugabe, now 94, was forced out of office by Zimbabwe's
military in 2017. Up to that point, he had been in power
for 37 years, first as prime minister and later as
president. Once famously claiming that a country
could never go bankrupt, he was accused of enjoying a
lavish lifestyle while presiding over Zimbabwe's
[ 2 ] It should become obvious to
all observers that the notion of rent-seeking by
political avenues is endemic throughout government at
every level around the world. By legal as well as
illegal means, governors -- those who govern -- and
legislators -- those who legislate -- feather their own
nests first and foremost.
One only need a cursory survey of
in the United States, and, in the parlance of this
little world of rhyme,
Corruption has a middle name
to see that
itself is the mechanism which so easily corrupts, as the
feeding frenzy on the part of "leaders" in the public
arena has defrauded citizens in every land and every
Double down on failure
|Double down on failure;
Why not fail twice?
Triple down! Why not?
Heed the worst advice.
|Wager on a losing scheme;
Roll those pesky dice.
Dream that you cannot lose;
Then pay the loser's price.
|Double down yet again,
For dreams smell oh so nice.
Fail and then fail again;
So goes it in a trice.
paraphrase of Joachim Ringelnatz
effervescent, festive evenings seek
Knows quite well, where off to sneak.
Blow nose and
M a r t i n i
B a r.
There party the fine folk with drink all around;
Right and left toasts bright resound.
dress and drink,
As one might
The guests, oft well known, oft maybe not,
Are always an interesting lot.
Who then at
does time fly by!
How great was
I used to read the New York Times
And do their crossword puzzles,
With Entemann's and Sundays' chimes
And coffee enough to guzzle.
I used to
read, front page to back,
away some morning hours.
I mused, and
The corner vendor scratched a life
In that Amsterdam neighborhood;
Back then the Times was cheaper than
Today, and I understood...
That time's a
respecter of no man
As tick tocks
the ages by.
I no longer
read the New York Times
And am quite
Subway tokens are keepsakes now,
And it's time for other folks.
Old memories are fleeting and
My errors age as jokes,
My own, for
I've learned to chuckle
At how silly
was I once,
changed by time's meandering,
I still can
play the dunce.
One can know when one has
breed bad outcomes,
As engineering tells.
Fresh follies fail foolishly;
While science plain excels.
Asserting there is nothing bad
Is to make the fatal choice.
Avowing that there are no sins
Is to mute each still, small voice.
Tales begun tell outcomes
And trajectories foretell their ends;
One can know when one has learned,
When in learning then one bends.