©Moira G. Gallaga
From the President himself, “DO NOT BE A YES MAN.”
First impressions count, they say;
Yet do not judge a book by its cover.
Ah, life’s awash with contradiction.
What should one make of the situation?
Power and wealth are highly sought.
Easily making us in awe of authority,
Blinding us to their deficits in virtue and integrity.
Title confer status, but does not guarantee respect.
What should one make of this situation?
A world inhabited by paradoxes,
A life awash with contradiction,
Where truth is never easy to see.
One must gaze through masks and blinders,
Built by prejudice to obscure reality.
Our sight has need to pierce with impartiality,
To ease the path to seeing equitably.
One must listen with acute discernment,
For the winds carry whispering voices,
Loaded with roiling insecurity and hostility,
In order to hear the message in its purity
And what of our emotions and feelings?
Easily swayed by what people in power say,
Sights and sounds, distorted and deceptive,
A situation to which we are continually captive.
We often are blinded by the trappings of humanity:
Titles, degrees, positions, hierarchies, and affiliations.
What are these if not mere accessories,
Which, regrettably, people worship unquestionably.
07 June 2021