Cultivated Ignorance


In an age of cultivated ignorance,
What opportunity is there for the observant person
Who has not retired from life?

How can we discuss the pros and cons of any proposition,
Given the desire for answers that require no thought?

Always the discriminating mind
Draws distinctions of kind or degree
Between two objects that are seemingly alike.

Such observations, although fortifying,
Are not suitable for wider circulation among the crowd.

Our public discourse consists of loud,
Unproven principles and gross exaggerations.

No nation ever learned the art of independent thinking;
As a whole, we tend to wallow in simplicities.

What is most of value has the least currency.


©2016 Michael Fraley




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