for Copthorne Macdonald
What human goal is higher than to grow
Toward wisdom and in every instance know
Which choice to make, which road or path to take
Most likely to proceed for goodness’ sake?
Discerning what’s of value to pursue
And finding how to do what you must do
To make your careful way toward that end
Is what philosophers must comprehend.
As “wisdom lovers” they should show the way
And keep all wanderers from going astray,
Which means avoiding harm and seeking health,
Then finding kindness is the greatest wealth.
Philosophers should strive to bring to light
And put in practice only what is right.