Different but still similar
Speaks loudly of our race
Decrying experience of the other
Knowing that ours is the truth.
Discrimination an important element
A strength of our cognition
Serving purposes that allow
Clear identification and problem solving.
But it becomes a sharp axe
When applied to others
Cutting their ways to pieces
Abrogating responsibility for care.
It takes integrity to support
The right to express a view
That challenges your sense of self
Not fitting within your comfort zone.
Worse still the judgement
You are not worthy if this you believe
Regardless of whether it impacts
On others and their lives.
‘Live and let live’
Seems a very sound rule
But one so difficult to apply
When your truth is so apparent.
Retreat so many do
From the conflict entailed
Avoiding the pain of action
Revelling in the hazy mist.
Others step forward with zeal
Fighting the good fight
Sure that their view will prevail
And their goals will be realised.
Fence sitters are often decried
How can both sides be seen?
Everything must be black and white
Gray a colour not embraced.
And here I sit on that fence
Watching the turmoil evolve
Falling on one side or the other
As the fence violently shakes.
Not a more evolved person
Just an interested observer
In the slapstick of life
The battles never ending.
For far at the soldiers’ rear
Generals, politicians, media moguls,
Religious leaders, and others with motives apparent
Point the weapons and pull the triggers.
So depressing at times
And then a kind act of one to another
Can make the heart truly sing
Restoring faith in a flawed species.