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The Absolutely Huge and Incredible Injustice in the World
Ron Padgett
What makes us so mean?
We are meaner than gorillas,
the ones we like to blame our genetic aggression on.
It is in our nature to hide behind what Darwin said about survival,
as if survival were the most important thing on earth.
It isn’t.
You know—surely it has occurred to you—
that there is no way that humankind will survive
another million years. We’ll be lucky to be around
another five hundred. Why?
Because we are so mean
that we would rather kill everyone and everything on earth
than let anybody get the better of us:
(poetry diary 105) I found this poem earlier this week when surfing for poems about “tantrums,” after my five-year-old had one due to post-Thanksgiving exhaustion.It didn’t capture what was going on with my son, but it did seem to speak to the current zeitgeist….