Cultural forces normalize

Create zeitgeist

Spirit time

Paradigms that channel thoughts down passageways carved over millennia

Ordering our ideas into binary sets of good or bad

Creating standard subjectivity and judgmental negativity

What we like

What we don’t like

Standards of beauty

Behavioral expectations

Perceived handles to lift reality

Yet so often these devices, crude constructs of mob mentality


Fail to take into account random chance

Fail to recognize evidence contrary to expectations

Cultural norms seep into our consciousness

Making us lazy as we take refuge in the safety of numbers

Dumbing us down

From the real geniuses

Who created the first civilizations

Who didn’t rely on normal

Since there wasn’t any

That would come later

At first, at the beginning

There were no shortcuts for the neural pathways

Each moment was a discovery and a delight

Each observation adding to analysis and evaluation

Creating patterns, not following them

Yet we cling to the illusion that we’re getting smarter

Even as we keep getting farther from the truth

David Trudel   ©  2012


Filed under Poetry

5 responses to “Patterns

  1. Wow. I am loving this, David. Each moment a discovery and a delight. We cheat ourselves of that.

  2. Fantastic piece. The ending is so thoughtful and harrowing.

  3. I agree – cultural norms anaesthetise
    Deny us discovery and surprise
    But normality is also the board
    Which makes playing possible at all
    We must take care not to deride
    New intelligence we do not recognise

  4. Thanks! This was prompted in part by recently reading some of Zecharia Sitchin’s writings on ancient Sumer, and then the other day a geneticist published a paper that said that ancient humans at the dawn of civilization were smarter than we are today. But what started me on this was realizing that I was allowing cultural norms to influence my judgment negatively.

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