And on that day, the designated
Wise Men gathered on the holy hill, and
Painted maps to palaces they’d read about in ads,
And chanted jingles they’d heard from another room,
And offered safe Solutions
That worked 22% of the time,
And lavished comfort culled from greeting cards
To the anxious crowd
Kept at sanitary distances.
And on that day, I fled
The safe solutions, lavished comfort,
Painted maps, and chanted jingles.
I fled the holy hill, and
Climbed a tree.
And I remembered what
I already knew.
~Shelly Johnson, 2019
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My name is Shelly Johnson, and I am a writer and philosopher with a Ph.D. in philosophy. One of my primary personal and philosophical interests is how we can learn to love ourselves and each other better in order to cultivate personal and political resilience. I teach ethics and a variety of other courses at a local college. I am the author of the blog Love is Stronger. I am also the author of three logic and critical thinking books for high school and middle school: _Argument Builder_, _Discovery of Deduction_ (co-author), and _Everyday Debate_, published by Classical Academic Press. You can reach me at email@example.com.
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