Monday, June 30, 2014


for Nicholas Maxwell

            Attaining wisdom is a noble aim
            Though often just an intellectual game;
            Whereas, far better than a brainy sport
            Are efforts of a consequential sort,
            Pursuing not abstruse enlightenment,
            But working with a practical intent
            To turn the world from foolish practices,
            Impediments to our collective bliss.

            For instance, global warming is a threat
            That science and philosophy have yet
            By abstract cogitation to resolve;
            Instead, a resolution will involve
            Both shrewd deliberation and a plan
            Of action to protect the fate of man.