What kind of world are we now rushing toward
with all our science and technology—
one to be applauded or deplored,
a world of prudence or depravity?
Given all the powers we now command
to process and exploit the natural realm,
one has to wonder if we understand
enough to navigate and take the helm,
or have we like Prometheus overreached
and brought an awful fire aboard our ship
certain to leave our galley burnt and beached,
a dreadful end to our once hopeful trip?
It isn’t knowledge that we need to find
but wisdom to decide what’s good and kind.