Monthly Archives: July 2021

Pavlov’s Dogs (a poem)

“I hate the fact that Facebook has such a phenomenal app for communication, but they are the controlling commies of our time. Clearly not enough to stop because of the good I still think it can do getting info out. But I do hate it. It’s like an abusive relationship.” -Eric Moutsos

Like Pavlov’s dogs who salivate each time they hear the bell
When we see red, we act live slaves to different bells as well
Classically conditioned, a perverted loyalty
And though we loathe the tyrants at the top we’ll never leave

The marketplace’s gatekeepers can be so treasonous
It’s strange a world-class UX tool can be so cruel to us
Alternatives are coming out, but will they be for naught?
We’ve long been hooked on tasty drugs, I doubt that we can stop

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Conspiracy Theories (a poem)

What happens when “conspiracies” are
Actually the truth?
When Occam’s razor doesn’t hold
The crowd will gaslight you

What happens when the wildest rumors
Turn out to be right?
“No way that ever happens here!”
But maybe it just might

Suggesting possibilities can
Brand you as insane
An ark with animals sounds nuts
Until it starts to rain

And those who raise their voice to warn of
Coming tyranny
Don’t dismiss ideas that may sound
Like conspiracy

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Selfishness Rebranded (a poem)

“What we need right now is more women who are full of themselves.”
-Glennon Doyle (this quote makes me cringe 😬)

“Live for your own dreams!”
“Follow your own heart!”
“Do it for yourself!”
Ugh, where do I start?

All this self-empowerment
We’ve heard it all before
And no it isn’t always bad
But maybe there is more

Never in our history
Have we been so obsessed
With our own comfort & well-being
Doing what feels best

I won’t win any friends for saying
This and being candid:
It’s narcissism renamed & it’s
Selfishness rebranded

And all these self-help influencers
Tell us “you’re enough!”
And then in the next sentence
They’re like “you should buy my stuff!”
This “find yourself” on steroids
Is not always fulfilling
While those who seek to serve another
Find more joy in living

While Christ, the master teacher
Has said “deny yourself”
Stop the toxic self-worship
Live for someone else

“What if the problem is not that we don’t think of ourselves enough? What if the problem is that we think of ourselves way too much?” -Allie Beth Stuckey

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” -Matthew 16:24-25

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A Little More (a poem)

A little more judicious
A little more reserved
A little bit more cautious
A little more mature

A little less self-centered
A little less care-free
A little more for others
A little less of me

A little bit embarrassed (of how)
Little I once cared
A little more inclined
To send up little prayers

A little more compassion
A little more aware
My eyes are open wider
To the burdens others bear

A little less obsession with just
Little old me
Becoming just a little more who
God wants me to be

“Mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort.”
-Mosiah 18: 9 (in the Book of Mormon)

“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
-Matthew 16:24

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