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Pity The Nation....

 
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 4:13 am    Post subject: Pity The Nation.... Reply with quote

This is very apt for the world now unfortunately - especially in the US under Trump et al and probably also belongs somewhere in the Politix Forum.... Sad

Lawrence Ferlinghetti decades ago wrote and it gives me chills to read it today:

“Pity the nation whose people are sheep,
and whose shepherds mislead them.
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,
and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero
and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.
Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
and no other culture but its own.
Pity the nation whose breath is money
and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.
Pity the nation — oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.
My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.”
― Lawrence Ferlinghetti

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpQhO35P5W8

Kahlil Gibran also wrote something similar....

Kahlil Gibran

“Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.
Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave
and eats a bread it does not harvest.

Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero,
and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful.

Pity a nation that despises a passion in its dream,
yet submits in its awakening.

Pity the nation that raises not its voice
save when it walks in a funeral,
boasts not except among its ruins,
and will rebel not save when its neck is laid
between the sword and the block.

Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox,
whose philosopher is a juggler,
and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking

Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting,
and farewells him with hooting,
only to welcome another with trumpeting again.

Pity the nation whose sages are dumb with years
and whose strongmen are yet in the cradle.

Pity the nation divided into fragments,
each fragment deeming itself a nation.”
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 2:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Pity The Nation.... Reply with quote

inkling7 wrote:
Lawrence Ferlinghetti decades ago wrote and it gives me chills to read it today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpQhO35P5W8

Kahlil Gibran also wrote something similar....

Indeed both pieces could have been written today. Eek
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 9:14 pm    Post subject: Pity the nation... Reply with quote

In the same vein:

"The best lack all conviction,
while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity."
The Second Coming - William Butler Yeats
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 11:08 am    Post subject: Pity the nation... Reply with quote

A deplorable truth! Couldn’t agree more, Vixen...the problem however is to determine who is good and who is bad - a double-edged sword!
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 11:10 am    Post subject: Pity the nation... Reply with quote

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the problem however is to determine who is good and who is bad

Usually they (decision-makers e.g.) know that their action is going to have very damaging consequences, Angela, or if their mind is twisted to the point of making them lose touch with reality, someone around them (their entourage/advisers) know.

It's not different at the individual level : people with a sound mind know-in their heart- wrong from right even if they were raised with twisted values, confronted to bad examples etc.

Even in a system governed by terror, there are still people who know. They are just too scared to speak their mind.
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