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the coming insurrection

18 February 2010

the coming insurrection
is what they call it–
those children of the old revolution
who think that liberation
is the power to do whatever
you have in mind to do;
the freedom to put a collar on
and sell yourself into slavery
if not to some demagogue
then to the demagoguery
of your own slavish reasoning.
would that we could see
this generation, lost to
a conformist’s nonconformity,
that true freedom is found
in the desert sage
that blooms and thrives in
conditions where, every day,
survival is a struggle.

the coming insurrection
paints a picture that frightens me;
and i wonder, could it be
that we are about to call on the mountains
to fall upon us, to end
self-created, self-perpetuated misery.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 18 February 2010 13:21

    I think of John on Patmos. I think of my own generation, and the ones before and after.

    Well done, sir.

  2. 18 February 2010 13:31

    Thank you! That passage from the Apocalypse of St. John (VI:15-17) was an inspiration for this, but so to was the extreme communist document that has been gaining circulation among people of, roughly, my age in Europe–and is now making its debut here on these shores. There is a frightening, apocalyptic tone to it. Unfortunately, what so few see is that these conditions we hate are our own creation, the product of seeking ever more and greater “freedoms” without any corresponding increase in responsibility or reason. Frank Herbert said “Seek freedom and become a captive of your desires. Seek discipline, and you will find your liberty.” And Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain said, “Freedom is good when the person can use it appropriately. Otherwise it is a disaster.” There is so much wisdom there. Would that more could see it for themselves.

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