“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”
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.