140 Characters of Ignorance

We are studying the classics because we have lost it.
Lost touch of reality in this digital data surrounding us.
Lost touch with knowledge from sensory overload.
140 character tweets in eternal communal repeat.

We don’t thirst for knowledge or beauty like the Greeks.
We don’t hold anything dear or true on our virtual pathways where we meet.
Our only values are flung like mud out of the Good Book that we read.
Then we judge others too quickly and call them too weak.

Globatron has found that humanity needs to refocus and get back on its path.
That we can’t let the unevolved keep us from the awakening we seek.
That each man has as a duty deep down inside of him.
To not listen to that voice is a personal tragedy that cuts deep.
How can we call others Hitler or Fascist so easily?
We must read the classics to remember to think before we speak.

We must remember that our heritage is of great thinkers and philosophers.
That to forget that would be the grandest of mistakes.
One that is made with our liberty and freedom each day.
Opinions we are entitled to along with our freedom for sure.
But our tongues too often circumvent our educations we partake.
Are we not unjustly representing our forefathers we so often mention?

What is a crowd who forgets the classics?
Nothing but an angry mob that knows not what they speak.
As adults who are sticking up for their liberty and rights as citizens.
We must remember our ancestors who fought and died for the justice we seek.
We must remember that they were men of great integrity and education.
That they also studied the Greeks as it was their tradition.

We must study the classics because it’s our obligation.
As a global citizen who speaks not only for our families but for our countries.
To have this knowledge base that we can draw from when we need it.
That these same dialogues have continued throughout mankind’s history.
An angry mob has never been listened to or taken too seriously.
Because in order for men to communicate they also need to listen.

Comments

  • Helz Yeah! Way to go, love it.

    you know i’ve done a lot of thinking about this, about the ways people act concerning the legacy of knowledge as found in books. and it occurs to me that too many people take it for granted that they are educated, without having any healthy doubts about the system within which they were en-cultured.

    there are those who assume that because they went to public school, went through college that they must have a good grasp of history, but when pressed they have often never read some of the greatest books. and they will often see it as an affront to challenge them on this. it’s as though they believe that the present is most important, seeing anything that came before them as regressive. this is very common.

    there are also those who live in their heads, who have read many of the great books, but see it all as an ideological game, not taking anything in the works as personally meaningful or challenging. but i think i would be right in saying that the great majority are in the first category, somewhat turned off by great literature by a culture of base desires.

    the most amazing aspect of modern repression is the way in which it allows all these great works to sit right there on the shelves, and yet, convince the majority not to read them, to actually have a disdain for such idealism, but make no mistake, once you begin advocating for a return to such integrated passion, you see the danger in it. very few people want to accept the platonic challenge. the conspiracy is not simply a top-down issue, it’s all around us.

    great poem, got me thinking, reminded me of the power of platonic ideals.

    akbar

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