“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.
“Not since the days of the Hitler Youth have young people been subjected to more propaganda on more politically correct issues. At one time educators boasted that their role was not to teach students what to think, but how to think. Today their role is far too often to teach students what to think on everything from immigration to global warming to the new sacred trinity of ‘race, class and gender'” Thomas Sowell
Good morning my little lambs,
How are you all today?
Sit up and pay attention,
Please put your phones away.
Before we start our lesson,
Johnny won’t be coming back to school,
He has broken what is perhaps
Our most sacred golden rule.
He used the forbidden word “why”
In class yesterday,
And we all know that’s a word
We must never ever say.
So he’s being sent to a special school,
With those similarly infected,
And we send him our best wishes,
And hope he gets politically corrected.
Now back to our lesson, see I have written
“Free Speech”, there on the board,
And our lesson for today
Is why that should be ignored.
I’m here to teach you what to think,
All you’ll ever need to know,
So any unnecessary free speaking
Will help confusion flourish and grow,
And if we all become confused,
Well, that’s a very bad idea,
And that’s the reason why free speech
Is something to fear.
So there you are my little lambs,
Why your silence you must always keep,
Then you will all grow up to become
Nice, obedient little sheep.
Better one day as a tiger Than a hundred years as a sheep; A promise I made That I try keep. True to myself, Not following the crowd; An independence of thought, Of which I am proud.
Our freedom of speech Is under attack, Our own fault really, Reflects the courage we lack. Hard earned freedoms Simply being taken away, Be careful what you think, Be careful what you say.
From history we should learn, But not anymore; The lessons of history We choose to ignore. Less well informed, But with more information, There’s no power in knowledge For this generation.
I’m probably being targeted In my poet’s role; Not conforming to the narrative, Not under control. With my freedom of speech Not politically corrected, On the government’s radar I’ll soon be detected.
They might try to isolate me For the things that I write, But I won’t be intimidated, I won’t give up my fight. Not an activist really, Just exercising free thought, In mainstream media’s web I refuse to be caught.
Say what they want to hear, Don’t dare speak the truth, Don’t argue their reasoning, Don’t dare ask for proof. Free thought and opinions A threat to the nation. However did we end up In this sad situation?