The world we meet and grow in should be one in which free thought leads to free expression. Some will be good. Some will be bad. But, each thought should be allowed it’s space to be experienced and grown from. Hampering this can only cause more harm than cure.
Free Expression Heeded by Michael Romani Despite the homogenous propaganda Over seven billion separate agendas Seek to rule the world we live in Yet, though and to think once again Some are too weighed down By the practical to wear that crown Some seek only enough strength for breath Content in forestalling that night of death Those caught up in this hard-pressed urgency Are not concerned with more than the daily emergency The reality lived is filled with such threads Filled to brim with hopes and also with dreads Still, these predicaments require less drinking And perhaps a willful inclination toward thinking More important than speaking is listening in conversation If we, together, are to get past our frustration The celebration of our wisdom is equaled by stupidity And the all too human urge toward mass cupidity The overarching questions remain the very same Of what is happening and really who is to blame That perhaps is the simple and greater shame Nobody truly wins in playing the blame game Though global these questions are deeply personal And are best resolved through discussion and not arsenal In an era of hacking the synapses of the human brain If we are to keep the whole thing from the drain We are going to have to move beyond the sinister Be it from sheer reason or from worded ministers The all encompassing spiderwebs of connection Put pressures and drive into moral introspection Personal gestures can set the world ablaze The path out is a complicated twist of a maze We wake up from insecurities in our complexity Fully alert to a world faced with anxiety History takes its unexpected turns As we try out best to live and discern We stand perched at the edge of our irrelevance Wondering how biotech and data have this consequence All the promises lost in what can easily go wrong And we humans wonder just where do we belong Biases and hatred bind in an era of post-truth With greater complications than known in our youth Trying to make sense of this Frankenstein of our creation Together we struggle to get grasp of our situation Living long and through this age of bewilderment We need and weave new stories of what's meant Overly ambitious in our thrust to find meaning Only the hopeful speak in terms of living dreaming Biotech and artificial life allow us to re-engineer Ourselves into that brave new world that we fear The invisible hand is blind and will not long wait We need to move ever forward even as we hesitate What's coming next is quite the journey Borne from the depth of our very human legacy Illiberal regimes crush down on free speech But, it's only such thought that will teach Teach us past obstacles of our own wicked making Facing up to the risks, each well worth taking Though it be dangerous and sometimes soul shaking The alternative is nothing less than heartbreaking (c) January 29, 2019 Michael Romani All Rights Reserved