Been known to on occasion):
The mass of men, it seems, live lives
Of fiat dedication.
The standards of society
They take to be their measure,
And they affect propriety
And trade restraint for pleasure.
From childhood on, we're taught to give
Obedience without question,
And told authority exists
For everyone's protection.
But when the rules are analyzed
We find undue dissension,
And moral strength is compromised
By morals in contention.
We're told how we should think and act
By churches and their minions,
While pundits, with fictitious facts,
Admonish their opinions;
And politicians legislate
While judges other laws negate
Against the people's wishes.
When regulations contradict,
Can aught be regulated?
And how can strictures aught restrict
Can less than chaos be deserved
When mores are conflicting?
And might we not be better served
To do our own restricting?
We all instinctively know right
From wrong and fact from fiction.
Let then your conscience be your guide,
And these be your directions:
"In others see yourself revealed;
Treat them as you'd be treated.
Have patience, and keep pride concealed."
No more than this is needed.
Reprinted from Belshazzar and Antigone by G. E. Kruckeberg, Kindle Edition.