Conviction

The other side
must
be wrong;
if not, then
how could we
be right?

Such sure, strong support
must be testament to
our correctness.

Their passion is
hypocritical,
not noticing the
paradoxes and double standards
in their own beliefs.

Our opposition tries to
bend facts to their aims,
in a bastardization of
the truths we hold to be
self-evident.

Two sides to
the same, divisive coin
with minuscule differences.
But that is not what
they
would have us believe.

When did empathy,
humanity, and
compassion
become weakness?

Have we become so
self-centered to believe that
what we want is
all that matters?

There are few things more
volatile
than a person of
blind conviction with
blessed belief
in their cause.

by Erik Shinker

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3 thoughts on “Conviction

  1. A poem for our times. Always love returning home to the US, but this growing movement for Groupthink is becoming unbearable in my home country. In a world rapidly approaching 9 billion, not everyone thinks alike. And thank goodness for that. I always tell my kids, if everyone around you thinks the same, you are really doing something wrong.

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