“The sad truth about humanity…is that people believe what they’re told. Maybe not the first time, but by the hundredth time, the craziest of ideas just becomes a given.” Neal Shusterman
My new year resolution Will be different this year, As I feel I’m missing out On the panic and fear, So I’m abandoning critical thinking, And instead of being challenged by that, I’m going out to buy A dumbing-down hat.
Then I can be taken in By all of the media hype, Believe the relentless propaganda, All the BS and tripe And I won’t form the opinions That I used to keep, I can just nod in agreement, Become one of the sheep. I’ll stop all of my questioning, Just learn to accept, And worship the politicians Even though they’re inept. Forget about their manifestos That they choose never to follow, And all the promises they make That turn out to be hollow. I’ll appreciate that Covid Is just the worst thing ever, And destroying our economies Was really so very clever. I’ll believe in “the science”, Pretend it really exists, Instead of wanting to throw things, Or slit my wrists! I’ll pretend that CO2 Causes the planet to warm, And that we’ll all be dead soon If we fail to conform. Believe that renewable energy Is not all about money, And claiming that it’s “green” Is not all that funny. Imagine that Extinction Rebellion Is not really extreme, The child Greta is not as ridiculous As she might always seem. Accept the BLM movement Could be about race, And demonstrations of subservience Really are not a disgrace. That the social media giants Are not a dangerous breed, And that my personal privacy Is not something I need. That being politically correct Is a must at all times, And not following the narrative Is the worst of all crimes. That our freedom speech Has no right to be free, And our thoughts need correcting Quite radically …….. Hold on for a minute, Stop just where you are! Being turned into ‘woke’ Will be one step too far. By wearing the hat Perhaps the cost is too high, How can I meekly accept Without asking why?
I am a contrarian, A skeptic through and through,
Don’t follow the narrative,
Like I’m told I must do. I am my own person, Not some left wing classification, And I believe in free speech, But not the Marxist interpretation.
I’ve retained my sense and reason,
Not been politically corrected,
And by the woke ideology
I’ve not been infected. A critical thinker at heart, When critical thoughts aren’t allowed, Not in awe of the media, By their brainwashing not cowed. Consider myself an empiricist, Doesn’t mean I lack emotions, I just don’t confuse them with facts, Coming up with ridiculous notions.
An environmentalist as well,
In the true meaning of the word,
Not a climate change disciple,
Following a religion that’s absurd.
Not frightened by debate,
Don’t need to call people a name, Don’t feel responsible for our past,
Not looking for someone to blame. I used to be one of many, Perhaps now one of the few, Just shows what dumbing-down And indoctrination can do. Being a questioner and a thinker Makes me a strange kind of man, But I’ve no plans to change, Proud to be a contrarian.
“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one”. Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay 1841
Critical thinking has been banned, it’s no longer allowed,
GroupThink’s now the edict, we must all follow the crowd;
We’re being bullied and forced to all think the same,
And if we fail to conform we’re given some nasty name.
Activists agendas create a set of nonsensical rules,
Which we must all adhere to, or be labelled as fools,
Or racists, or deniers, or something much worse;
A free thinking mind is becoming a curse.
Fail to follow the narrative, then be left in no doubt
The woke mob will come baying to cancel you out.
Common sense and logic lie abandoned in tatters,
Some weird political correctness is now all that matters.
The order of the world is being changed,
The old values discarded, or being rearranged,
We’re becoming unhinged, believing in fantasy tales,
Such as man is at risk from what he exhales.
A totalitarian environment; what to think we are told,
No reason, no debate, thoughts completely controlled,
Facts conjured out of fiction, history rewritten or ignored,
It’s an Orwellian future we’re racing toward.
“Two things are infinite – the Universe and human stupidity and I’m not sure about the Universe” Albert Einstein
Can my poetry save the world? Can it drag it back from the brink? By using common sense and logic, Encourage people to think.
Stop reality being replaced By what they want us to believe; The dumbing down of a generation, Now so gullible, so naïve.
Where facts from emotions Are no longer separated, And with the most irrational of fears Millions are so easily indoctrinated.
Critical thinking by rhetoric Is now being replaced, And those who try to reason With so many challenges are faced,
Finding debate and discussion Is no longer being used, The group think must be worshipped, Or they will be abused.
Teaching what to, not how to, Educators being tasked, An enquiring mind’s questions Can no longer be asked.
So will reading my verse Make people stop and reflect? Refocus their minds, Maybe make them suspect That through relentless propaganda It’s a new world order some seek; Forcing their dangerous ideology Onto the uninformed and the weak.