Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fundamental Split

Doom changes worldview a lot
(Although, in the end, it means squat),
Dividing those who
Think we will pull through
From those who think we will not. 

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  1. You've got the bull by the horns
    One rejoices while the other mourns
    My trouble, I finds
    Is I'm in two minds
    And will probably be till doom dawns.

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  2. Accepting doom has really helped my cognitive dissonance.

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  3. The problem is that acceptance of doom negates hope.

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  4. Hmm. O.K., try this:

    Hope

    I kept hoping for better: instead,
    “Just wait till you’re older,” folks said;
    By now I should know
    Things won’t change, although
    Perhaps they’ll improve once I’m dead.

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  5. Acceptance of doom negates hope.
    You might as well hand me some rope:
    A noose 'round my neck
    A drop -- fast body check.
    (If we're wrong, though, I'll feel such a dope!)

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    1. pendantry, you’re good at these! I don’t think I can keep up with you in limericks, so for now let me just say that, from my post-NTE-acceptance POV, acceptance of doom negates only unrealistic hope.

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    2. O.K., pendantry, here we go:

      Hope Springs Eternal

      Some advice that’s not moralistic
      Nor unduly pessimistic:
      As we slide down doom’s slope,
      Don’t abandon all hope—
      Just hope that’s unrealistic.

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    3. That's the ticket!

      Unrealistic hope is a tease
      I'll have none of that, if you please;
      To sidestep the seductive
      And reveal what's productive
      We must free education's keys.

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    4. Important distinction to recognize in dealing with doom. Our sounding the alarm will ring down through future generations...um, wait a minute, that’s not right....

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  6. Don't get me wrong -- I don't condone denial.
    What we face is one huge megatrial!
    If we accept that we must
    Go for broke or go bust
    Then (perhaps) we may win (for a while...)

    (PS I don't know why this thing now insists on posting this as 'anonymous'. I gave it a pseudonym, but it's clearly not happy with that, though it was before...) --pendantry

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    1. I support all constructive ways of dealing with the news.

      As to the technicalities, sorry, I haven’t a clue!

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    2. Me, neither. Blasted machines foil me at every turn.

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