You used to think you were a good man
What does the evidence show?
If you take all of your accounts into hand?
It’s a slippery slope
The failures of the past
More mercy shown
For those who learn fast
So when will we learn?
With every move that we make
The opportunities that flourish
The ones that we stake?
When do you realize?
When do we wake?
The ripples we cause
From our mistake
Are we reflective?
For a punitive sake?
Is it just another angle?
Are we on the take?
When there is resistance
Our actions are pointed out
When there is none
We rarely have doubt
The foundation of western civilization
Was based on a moral code
One we have once forgotten
What will we forbode?
Deeply troubled child
Asking questions that never fade
Never fully brought out into the light
The kind of suffering that remains in the shade
Some children don’t feel love
Less than their sibling with needs
Some parents don’t know how to show
Some parents never know how to lead
Channeling trauma from the past
Interwoven into the present
Never knowing the root of the tears that they cast
Sometimes the child
Will grow into the man
But the inner child remains
Often playing hide and seek or catch me if you can
The age of the body
Does not mirror the age of the mind
Some experiences we have as a child
We never leave behind
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
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