Expanded, elevated consciousness,
The surest sign of human beings’ success,
Eludes, so far, all but a favored few,
The avatars of what may yet ensue—
Unless our avarice and enmity prevail,
Causing our misbegotten race to fail.
Dean Swift predicts calamity is sure
And wonders how we’ve managed to endure
As long as this, atrocious as we are,
Yet knows in his cold heart our end’s not far.
Ralph Waldo Emerson begs to dissent:
While recognizing our ferocious bent,
He sees in us the power to transcend
Beyond our folly, finding a blissful end.