Shawn L. Bird

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poem- free November 21, 2016

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:46 am
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Blocked by memory

Limited by opportunity

Afraid of mobility

Paralyzed by stupidity?

Freedom to choose badly

Freedom to bully

Freedom is a power to manipulate evilly

Two and two is four

prove freedom is slavery.

 

 

poem- stand up June 19, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 5:27 pm
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“Why are teachers even bothering to picket,

when you aren’t getting strike pay any more?”

he asked.

I told him it was because teachers are moralists

who are defending democracy

and fair working & bargaining conditions

against a corrupt government:

A government that ignores the court rulings

spends billions of tax payers’ dollars appealing

judgments by the Supreme Court

and the United Nations saying they

are WRONG to steal from our kids.

It will pay billions for a stadium roof,

but will not pay for educating its children.

I told him that in such a war,

pay is a small thing.

We will fight, because if our government

succeeds in destroying OUR union

then every other working person in this province

is in peril.

If OUR contracts can be shredded with impunity,

so can YOURS!

We are fighting for YOUR rights

and for our students’ right to a properly funded education

against a government with an agenda

to destroy public education and the middle class.

We’re fighting for YOU! I told him.

“Oh,” he said.

 

Power September 4, 2012

Filed under: Commentary,Literature — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:14 pm
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Power will also end up with the sort of people who crave it.

Orson Scott Card.  Ender’s Game NY: Tor, 1991. p. 239

People who crave power, ensure they get it eventually, in one form or another. Be it business or politics, if they have the desire for it, they will make it happen.  One hopes that with the desire for power is an instinct or training for leadership as well.  Fair leaders with wise attitudes are rare, I think!  (Though I have come across many quite impressive leaders in schools over the years).  Benign dictatorships are the most effective governments for a reason.  Most people can’t be bothered with all those fine details.  I often wonder if the heinous voter turn out in the US elections relates to the sheer volume of things on their ballots?  How can Joe Everyman possibly make informed decisions when voting for everything from president to dog catcher, and complex referenda?  It would require far too much research! It makes me glad that we don’t have this system in Canada.  Sometimes excessive democratization of decision making is anathema to intelligent decisions!  Joe Everyman generally will not have enough facts to make a sensible choice, and if he’s voting based on looks, popularity, or the dollars spent on spin, he is unlikely to get the best leaders, is he?  One hopes power isn’t purchased, but is earned after demonstrating prudent wisdom.  But when you consider that “cream rises to the top,” remember cream is really just fat. What’s floating at the top isn’t necessarily what’s the best thing for your long term benefit.

 

 
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