To hear the world that they can so easily
Insulate themselves from,
And to make out the words being whispered
By the least privileged among us,
Lest they find themselves becoming oppressors.
For it is becoming increasingly apparent
That the most successful among us
Tend to develop a peculiar kind of deafness
That comes from living high on a throne for so long.
Come down often from your high position,
Refuse to be flattered by your own greatness
Close your mouth long enough to hear another speak,
Be wary lest you become an oppressor,
And make us doubt whether power is ever anything more than
History has proven that oppression breeds the rebellion
That eventually overthrows it.
To the leaders of politics, business, technology and healthcare
Be wary lest you become unknowingly deaf to the world you have helped create.
Keep your ears open.