An Odyssey For All Eternity

In times like this
One can’t help but agree with Livy
That the most stable & long-standing empire is that in which subjects take pleasure in obeying

This appears to be the state most citizens of the world are in
Or at least it seems to me
That we care very little for civil liberties
Only when it serves our egos and imagery

On social media – feeds full of trivialities
On the telly – doomsday bulletins, crisis after crisis
On computer screens – conspiracies about digital IDs and 5G…

Reminds me of that 80s film They Live
Most things considered and in all seriousness
One can foresee those who live into the future say, or their offspring hear/read
That once upon a time there was a phenomenon called covid-19

But hardly did society stop to think
That perhaps as part of the great odyssey we call existence
Our collective consciousness is, as history has time and again revealed
Shaped by desires common to all humanity – fundamentally

Whether that be greed or a propensity for logical fallacies
Our impressionable human qualities, abilities and sensibilities
Have made us the most sophisticated of all the species
If human assessment is anything to go by
Yet, to the rest of nature we just might be
The most disruptive force there is or ever was
For all eternity