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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Won't get Fooled Again - 5sep21

“Meet the new boss,

same as the old boss!”

sang the Who.

Why do we obediently follow leaders

whose words, behaviors, and policies

are clearly lacking in empathy and wisdom?

Over the millennia

mammalian children have evolved

to act with devotion toward their parents

that they may be protected and well fed.

However during the travails of puberty,

when children endure metamorphosis into adulthood,

their feelings towards their parents

also shift from devotion to love.

Gone is blind obedience;

only to be replaced with independence.

But, subject an adult

to a sufficient degree of stress

(ironically caused by predatory and shortsighted politicians)

and they will earnestly search about

to find a political parental figure

to whom they will gladly surrender their moral agency;

like the multitudes trusting

in Supreme Leader Snoke and his First Order

after the fall of the first galactic empire.

Sadly this stress can also chase us

out of our empathetic mammalian brain

and into our reptilian one:

competitive, and ruthless, and blind.

Let us conclude

with a simple

call to action

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