Science teaches us to be curious –
To explore that which is not known –
I can’t help, then, but be curious
As to why – in as scientifically conscious
A world as that which we live in today –
So much hate and racism are still shown
By people assuming and fearing
Things of cultures to them unknown?
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion
and published in Perspectives, ISBN 0-9686250-0-2.
Notes to this poem…
This was one of several poems I had written over the years to question the nonsense of racism and discrimination via scientific rationalization. Another example of this theme was found in Teachings of Biology, the only poem in this theme set which I could clearly remember. I could only have told you I had written several in the set otherwise, although it was never meant to have been a set, and was not started at the same time from one common idea split, like Thieving Seraph and one stanza poem 054.
I do know human nature is not logical, and that a lot of it is evolutionary to fear creatures that perhaps has certain looks, size, sounds, and what have you. But that is a reactionary thing. What distinguishes humans from the rest of the animal kingdom is our ability to rationalize out these things. With all the science and technology that surrounds us today, and even just 13 years ago from when I am writing these notes to when I wrote this poem, not rationalizing out racism and discrimination doesn’t make a hell of a lot of sense to me. I do have an appreciation for human nature and societal trends to know it’s not all pure logic like Spock or Data from Star Trek would try to make it to be, but that doesn’t mean racism and discrimination make any more sense to me because of it. It’s more an acceptance consolation to attribute it to human nature and societal trends than an understanding, if you will.
You know, I almost this poem about something like religion rather than racism and discrimination, in particular the mythical part of religion like the stories involving Creationism, or even those of Jesus, Mohammed and other major religious roots. However, I do appreciate human spirituality a bit more, and understand it a bit more, to be Agnostic and do things like “believing” in angels just to have “someone” to talk to, pray to, confess to, etc. I still look up to the sky to talk to it cause it gives me some solace. But apart from that, such a poem would only bring me a lot of unwanted commentary, hate and such, in a society that supposedly values freedom of speech.
The O-series of poems are one stanza poems composed before I got onto writing haiku and tanka, and short poetry while in action or traveling by select means like plane or ferry. These poems are 3-9 lines long with at least one rhyming couplet, and not of the short forms just mentioned. For the sake of elegance, I just called the collection One.