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The Genealogy of Morals

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We build on the past
We turn commandments into laws
We build organisation and process
To protect rights and give cause

What’s wrong and what’s right
Is no absolute thing
Because we grow and evolve
And reflect what change will bring

What’s wrong and what’s right
Is guided by what’s effective
In achieving the best for you
And the best for the collective

We all bow to the collective
To the secular unseen hand
To the arbiter of who’s effective
Of who falls and who stands

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April 25, 2016 at 10:41 am

The Sun also Rises …Again

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I will rise again

The world’s now betrayed me,
That hope-myth collage
My dreams have escaped me
Like a shimmering mirage.

Now what should I do
When all my world’s false?
When I’ve lost all my ideals
And all that I was taught

I find the purest line
That I can follow true
And I create bright new principles
New dreams and new values

I look for authenticity
And I take emotional risks
I build my own true code
And I create my own true mix

I now reject your past
It’s not effective any more
I now reject your rules
For my own path to explore

I find my own private self
Beyond your old moralities
Beyond your values and beliefs
Built on authentic practicalities

* Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s – “The Sun Also Rises”.

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November 23, 2015 at 11:59 am

Sticks and Stones

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Charlie Hebdo killings placard

Some say…
“Sticks and stones
May break our bones
But words cannot hurt us…”

But words can be gratuitously insulting
And words can be exclusive
But why not be courteous?
And why not be inclusive?
To feel good about ourselves
Must we be abusive?
Do hurting words come easy
And nourishing ones elusive?

We can disapprove of what you say
But we defend your right to say it
(And our right to ignore what you say
And not to listen while you say it)
If it does not clearly incite
Others to anger and fight
To use sticks and stones
To break our bones

Words convey the ideas
Our humanity needs to grow
And defending free speech
Is the only way we know
To allow potential good ideas
A fertile place to grow
But words can never condone
Using sticks and stones
To break our bones

We have also learned
From past experiences burned
That your crime of intolerance
Is best fought by tolerance
And to grow and be free
We need to live in unity
And not use sticks and stones
To break our bones

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January 12, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Little Cancer – (Je Suis Charlie)

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Charlie Hebdo killings placard

Little Cancer
I’ve got my eye on you
You’ve got big ideas
What’re you gonna do?

Little Cancer
You killed 12 today
All that hurt & pain now
What’re you trying to say?

You can’t live all on your own
You will die before you are grown

Little Cancer,
You’ve taken drugs since birth
And to feed your habit
You must scorch the earth

Little Cancer
We cannot fear you
You’re black with hate now
Can we ever reach you?

You can’t live all on your own
You will die before you are grown

Little Cancer
We will unite to defend
Our right to speak and
Our right to grow & blend

Little Cancer
You may have killed a part
But we hold hands together
To feed the light in our hearts

You can’t live all on your own
You will die before you are grown

  • Je Suis Charlie…In memory of those who died at Charlie Hebdo
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    January 8, 2015 at 2:48 am

    Beauty

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    Holding Hands

    The truth of beauty
    Is in the underlying duty
    Form is the birth of function
    Removing faults at every junction

    Do we need God as referee
    When we now have CCTV?
    Do we not need religion because
    We now have so many laws?

    We are so pragmatic
    But we’ve lost some magic
    Old people die alone
    Such a hidden misery grown

    We have yet to count the cost
    Of the love we have lost

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    July 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    The Light of the World

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    I thought that we lived by God’s law,
    Then Nietzsche said He was dead.
    “We’ve been alone since the Big Bang”,
    Stephen Hawking said.

    Without a guiding supernatural law,
    Man worked out how to survive.
    He created his own morals and laws,
    To control instinctual drives.

    Indeed man may have invented God,
    To enforce change and social control.
    Societies use Him when He’s useful
    But leave Him when He has no role

    Man created a way to live,
    Using virtue for co-operation.
    Being good brings society acceptance,
    Being bad brings isolation.

    But good and bad are not universal,
    They’re determined by what’s effective.
    For the growth and the survival,
    Of the individual and the collective.

    Man is a calculating animal,
    Judging punishment and reward.
    He learns what’s effective,
    For success in his own regard

    Society hides the calculation,
    It sounds too selfish and raw.
    But balance is achieved in the collective,
    Reciprocity is good for us all

    So the collective knowledge of man,
    Created by years of sacrifice and pain.
    Is the true light of the world,
    To ensure darkness never reigns.

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    November 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm