--Voltaire, Essay on Tolerance
-----"If, in the past few years, you haven't discarded a major opinion or acquired a new one, check your pulse. You may be dead."
-----"From the Manifesto of the Selfish" by Stephen Dunn
Because altruists are the least sexy
people on earth, unable
to say "I want" without embarrassment,
we need to take from them everything
then ask for more,
this is how to excite them, and because
to see them the least bit excited
once again we'll be doing something
who have no problem taking pleasure,
always desirous and so pleased to be
pleased, we who above all
can be trusted to keep the balance.
In the poem, I see myself as one of the altruists, not one of the selfish. *sigh* I'm feeling very Stephen Dunn these days.