Baseline of Civility

When we disagreeIs everything now in question?Are we just one conversation awayFrom being sworn enemies?One false stepFrom being cancelled?Perhaps one of the greatest disappointmentsOf modern lifeAnd life on the internet,Is that while we can nowRub up against a mind-numbinglyVast number of peopleThat we would have never encounteredOutside of the Internet,We are alsoRemarkably willingTo throw in […]

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Inclusive Innovation

InnovationIs often born out of frustrationAnd convictions about inclusionEmerge from disparate societies.Great progress and affluenceHas often been made possibleBy great exploitation,Mind boggling prosperitySide by side with breathtaking povertyUnequal.Inclusive innovationIs an appeal to our creativityA call to do better,To build a larger tableFor more people to sit atTo dig a deeper wellFor more people to drink.Are […]

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On being in a hurry

The problem with being in a hurry  Is that you tell yourself  In more ways than one  That what you are chasing after  Is of supreme importance: More beautiful than the roses you speed past Of greater value than the sleep you deprive yourself of Of deeper significance than the person you’re becoming along the […]

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The cynic’s purse

Is always empty.There is nothing savvyAbout sowing doubt wherever you go,Permamently carrying a red penLike an examiner who refuses to be pleased,Finding fault and relishing it,Holding it up as thoughIt were a coveted trophy.Maybe if you weren’tRolling your eyes so muchYou’d see the substanceOf the many things you criticize.Its one thing to haveA lot of […]

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Expecting Miracles

In a world of ultra convenienceWe seem to have acquiredA strange new strand of impatience,Getting madWhen things that were onceInconceivable for human beingsDon’t happen for usOn demand.These devices in our pocketsBring us promisesOf the truly miraculousEvery morning:Access to ‘private’ conversations around the globe,Endless streams of knowledgeSeemingly bottomless pools of possibility-Until our geographical realitySlaps us in […]

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In Limbo

Having plenty of optionsBut no solid leadsBeing tasked to build a fortressWith no bricks to spareAm I at the endOr did I just begin?Flailing wildlyOr flapping my wings?Asking myselfIf I have thrown myselfInto the brier patchOr a bed of rosesWhen I took that leap of faith?

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Screwing people over

Seems to be low hanging fruit.How the cookie tends to crumble.We are far too quickTo defend a state of affairsThat involves the powerful making lifeJust a little bit harderFor most other people,Whether its ignoring inequalitiesOr celebrating destructive trends-Humans hurting humansIs a blood sportFor which we have not lostAn appetite for.If business as usualMeans making your […]

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On being too woke

To be able to “see through everything” Is not a gift of insight, But rather it is the worst kind of blindness. The person who can go a lifetime  Without ever living deeply for anything, The professional skeptic who  Never quite devotes them self To anything more than their own opinion, Is not sophisticated- They […]

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Undeserved

Its hard to knowWhat a human being deserves.The sun rises on all of usEven on days whenWe’re not our best selves.Anyone who’s ever ‘made it’Will tell youAbout how ‘getting lucky’Is as much a part of the outcomeAs doing the necessary toTo capitalize on said luck.We are not self madeNor are we mere products of nature-We […]

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