I’ve been pondering and wondering about Stoicism and Politics, and how or if the two can do good things, if joined with a poem. I don’t know the answer to this, and certainly would like input from others, poets, Stoics, politically minded people …
This is the poem:
Politician’s Free Speech? A Sonnet
Their words inspire bad ways, not good,
I wish to clench my ears to keep them out –
they sicken me, why listen? I know I should
cleanse my skin of them, scream and shout!
Though my pores refuse to let them in,
still the hate invades my troubled self.
To listen, to hear their filth, is it sin?
I’m complicit – ghoul, not goodly elf,
for though I rightly say I don’t agree,
what I do is clearly not enough –
the price we pay for democracy,
to be invaded by this vile stuff …
Unworthy lies portrayed as honesty –
the price we pay for speech is far from free.
So, does this poem speak of politics, and hint perhaps at Stoic thoughts? I think on such matters at times, and would appreciate discussing it further. If you have thoughts on this too, please leave a comment, and we can discuss it further.
4 thoughts on “A Political Poem – Stoic, Or Not?”
Unfortunately my reaction is not to watch news at all, but living in ignorance isn’t the answer. As a citizen, I need to make informed decisions
My life motto is to be the Change the world needs. How can I be the change if I don’t understand how the system works?
I need to learn and submit to the system, though I don’t need to copy corrupt values and dishonest speech.
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If society is to be a good and fair one, it is up to all to be aware of what the truth is. The mainstream media is often not the truth, and it is up to us to find out more on what the truth actually is. I find truth in the people I follow on Twitter, where I can read many ideas and thoughts and make up my own mind on what the truth really is.
Hmm true observations.. I didn’t think of it that way
Thanks for the advice on the use of Twitter, I need to make more time for it to make my own investigations of the truth out there directly from individuals
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With Twitter, it’s important to follow people whose opinions you feel you can trust.