A society that drives people to do this is sick and wrong, and pouring sugar in its own gas tank.
This poem came from a prompt by siege and was written in September. It's posted here in thanks for marina_bonomi, who collated the unsold poems for me so I could list them in the 2011 Holiday Poetry Sale. This poem belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman. You can read more about that series on the Serial Poetry page. The church is old, though not so old as shrines. The village too is old, like shrines and church. Still faith remains, down history's long days,
-- a sonnet
The shrines are old, though not so old as stone.
Each genius loci has a holy place.
Who worshipped here of yore is now unknown,
Yet villagers still come to beg their grace.
Its crucifix is carved of dark red wood.
Its fieldstone walls are covered up with vines.
The folk pray here as well, and call it good.
It cradles people close from birth to grave.
Whatever soul may come will find its search
Fulfilled, be it in grove or vale or nave.
As people follow old and older ways.
The church is old, though not so old as shrines.
The village too is old, like shrines and church.
Still faith remains, down history's long days,
Remember, 50% is a failing grade in school. If half your country is poor, you're failing as a society. No matter how much you adore your core idealogy, if it doesn't meet most people's basic needs, sooner or later they will kill it with pitchforks and try something else they think will give them a better chance of survival and a decent life. That's history. I would rather NOT see it repeat itself yet again.
Right: People need to get something for their effort, or they won't do as much.
Wrong: That has to mean making money from it.
Case in point: Fanfic is driven by intrinsic enjoyment and feedback, not cash.
Wrong: Companies have to be involved. The Internet has failed to connect creators and audiences as promised.
Case in point: Crowdfunding is a direct connection business model. While still young, it is growing rapidly. Sometimes it takes a while for people to figure out how to apply new opportunities. The wider the difference between old and new options, the longer it takes to figure out the really cool stuff that the new ones can do.
Right: Current copyright is not really benefitting the people who create cultural material, nor their audiences.
Wrong: Contraction is the only result of this.
Case in point: Look at crowdfunding, self-publishing, and other alternative models. Even barter. The mainstream system is failing to meet people's needs. So they are exploring a whole lot of other options. Some of those are parasitic. Some are symbiotic.
Me, I'm hand-feeding the symbiotes for all I'm worth.
Let these be lessons to those who attempt to prey upon their fellow humanity: you never know what attributes your "victim" might be hiding, sufficient to kick your pathetic atavistic ass.