By Michael W. Raley
I am a man out of time,
Ill-fitted in the current scheme of events.
To have sat under the great teachers, thinkers, and philosophers,
To have heard the romantic notions and the dreams of the poets,
That is where I should have been.
I am a misfit of sorts,
As I do not have a place in the current order.
I am fully aware of the times I live in,
But I long for the days of the rational and the ideal,
Long before this dark and brooding fog smothered our world.
We live in an age in which there is an ocean
Of information and potential enlightenment.
Yet, many refuse to even dip a toe in it,
Thereby remaining further entrenched in blind rage, hopelessness, and hypocrisy-
Only further justifying what they believe and preach.
Where are the idealists of this age? Arise!
Where are the pragmatists who can make it work? Come together!
We have been blessed with the gift of reason, let us use it.
Be the calm and steady voice in a room full of shouting and petty bickering
And give true purpose, meaning, and purpose to this time.