People Talking
January 20, 2006 (J)
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People Talking
I hear people talking every day, every way, But when I listen
I don’t hear a thing they say.

Am I so ignorant, so different
That I can’t translate what I hear
To intelligible wisdom?

Or is the babble I hear
Unintelligible to rational minds?
I suspect the latter!

Whatever it is, is true now,
And has been true for thousands
Or tens of thousands of years.

Either the rational guides human destiny
Or the rational sits outside human endeavor;
Criticizing, but powerless to guide.

Settling for influence, usually minor,
Whenever the opportunity arises.
I suspect the latter!