Don’t give up on yourself
When you think all is lost
Giving up all hope
Is too great of a cost
Sometimes we are awake
Sometimes we are asleep
Never telling ourselves the truth
That we are consciously willing to speak
You might call it denial
Or a self-defense from pain
Self-medicate to escape reality
How far must we fall before we can reach for the sky again?
I’ve had some set-backs
I have also loved others if it’s all the same
Not unlike the Johnny Mandel song Suicide is Painless
There are many who will not refrain
If you are compassionate
Having a willing moral compass to share
Be mindful of the disenchanted
Heal a heart that is woefully bare
If you aren’t able to change the mind
You force our will to subjugate to a ruling class
You criminalize ideas you can’t win
You circumvent the impasse
You want to bring down a nation
You defile the populous from within
Indoctrinate and dumb down the children
A cultural original sin
All the judges of history
Will not be silent
Even if you re-write the history books
We will never exonerate the violent
You can change the language
Make it all about hate speech
Attack the first amendment
For those who follow I will beseech
You cannot get inside my head
My reason is sound
If you put my body in jail
My mind will never be bound
The indictment of human reason
Liberty under attack
Who will tow the line?
Who will double back?
You tell yourself a fantasy
The expectation is defined
If you are able to see the truth
A reality is refined
You will never see the light
If you continue to look in the dark
How can you correct a wrong?
If you never attempt to embark?
Do you ever question your motives?
Take the time to examine your spin?
Do you always come out on top?
Does your justification always win?
By definition we are not perfect
But only some are receptive to see
The many signposts on our path
Will remind us but with no guarantee
So you think you know about the world
Espousing something you read from a book
Something that a liberal arts professor said
But did you research it yourself and take a good look?
So if you’re going to make an argument
You better learn how to make your case
Only the rules of logic
Is what you must embrace
Do not trust the sophist
Nor the emotionally manipulated mind
Not the religious scientism cult
These are all of an ignorant kind
I have pity for the indoctrinated youth
I have contempt for federalized education
A travesty of an ignorant populace
The travesty of a generation
Do you change your mind?
Or do you stay the same?
When your arrogance fails
And your vanity remains
Are you quick to point the finger?
When a misunderstanding takes place
Are you prone to have an argument?
As you get up into their face?
Are you thoughtful of an opposing opinion?
Another point of view?
It’s not about proving who’s right
It’s not all about you
We are not the center of the universes
No matter how much we want to be
The world keeps turning
Learn to get along with those whom you disagree
Imagine what you could do
If you took off the chains
Set free a potential
Releasing the reins
The artifice of ego
A coming of age
No need of narcissistic reinforcers
Time to open the cage
Forgiving past failures
Not repeating past mistakes
Adopting better behaviors
Not worrying about any bad breaks
A better me
Opportunity is yours
Only we hold the key
Routines are healthy
But if you are caught in an unhealthy routine
The delivery from your situation
May be hidden and unforeseen
Don’t expect others to help you
Your loved ones may not know
The disparity in your life
Is something we often will never show
Recognition is crucial
The self-aware will trip over the pain
Not just once
But again and again
If we pay attention
In order for us to succeed
We must follow this simple rule
We must follow our own lead