At 10 years old, troubled Jeffrey had not yet learned much of the concept of good and evil. Having little of the concept themselves, his parents hadn’t considered it important to teach him much other than to do chores for them―and not to bother them, of course.Continue reading Good and Evil
Whoever shall we blame
When the neglect and cheating
We have been thus far content to tolerate
Have grown insufferable and
Too big to ignore?
Why do some rush to fix
Something so great as country,
Being yet unwilling to fix even themselves?
There are three particular things I will not suppose, and one that I will.
I dare not suppose I can fully understand from my American home in this “New World” the perspective of those who live in the old country―for whom our one or two handsful of American generations would seem but a cute beginning.Continue reading The New Old World
She is so tired of conflict
That she wants none of it―
Not even in the case
Of standing up for what is right
And not even alongside her peers.
She is down for the count.
America, the Dutiful—
The country of my dreams!—
Where politics are beautiful
And all is what it seems.
The one presumes to be a member of the organization
Without doing what the members
Are all supposed to do.
And you’re not supposed to notice
Not supposed to call them out on it.
And when you do, here comes the other.
She’s all but lost—
This idea that won’t die,
But won’t live, either—
This Great Experiment
On whether the people
Could rule themselves
Coming down to the question
Of whether they would rule themselves—
That is, whether they were willing.
You know they read poorly, comprehending little in their passive laziness. So you write for the lazy—accommodating them as they are. Pragmatically smart and efficient of you, you think.Continue reading Chasing Them Down the Slippery Slope
You can tell a people’s true religious convictions about justice and righteousness by whether they will see to it that their society is administered justly and righteously.Continue reading The US Is Simply Not a Godly Nation