A Journal for Western Man





G. Stolyarov II

Issue IV- September 9, 2002


What would he say if he had glimpsed upon our age,
When, like Medieval times so far behind,
Decadent bugs condemn the sage
And ignorance one everywhere may find?

He struggled against his afflictions’ dread
To bring us most delightful prose
Despite predictions that he’d soon be dead
Continued works of power to compose.

He had attained an age quite old,
His age would be the Era of Voltaire.
An overthrow of dogma he’d foretold,
A time when all their thoughts would safely share.

At Biblical fanaticisms he laughed,
Oppressive structures of the church reproved.
Amid the sea of torments he had built a raft
And with his mighty pen this raft he moved.

He combated the painful superstition
That stated that “what is, is good.”
The present’s not the optimal condition,
And all would suffer standing where they’d stood.

He furthered knowledge and free thought,
Supported new ideas that would aid mankind.
What would he say to those who still do not?
How can those people be so blind?

What would he think of all the cowardly restrictions
That bureaucrats place on development?
How would he view those jurisdictions
Designed to stagnate the environment?

How would he look upon the mysticism
Replacing rationality as night replaces day
In people who cannot grasp but a syllogism
And surmise their entire lives away?

How quickly would he faint when hearing rap
Designed to lower and degrade?
Would he inquire about the mishap
That elevated men with neither brains nor trade?

What would he find in the fanatics of today
Who think the Koran is the only book
Yet lead life in a most immoral way,
Destroying all without bothering to look?

How would he parlay with the apathetic crowd,
With people who don’t help the way they might,
For they before fate’s whims have bowed,
Believing that “what is, is right”?

If this great man had seen our time
He’d doubtless shake his head in disbelief.
During his age there, too, was many such a crime.
That crimes endured would cause him boundless grief.

What says he? For he
is with us right now.
He lives forever in the word’s domain.
And from him we can all learn how
To live with reason and decrease our pain.

G. Stolyarov II is a science fiction novelist, independent filosofical essayist, poet, amateur mathematician, composer, contributor to Enter Stage Right, Le Quebecois Libre, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Senior Writer for The Liberal Institute, and Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Argumentator, a magazine championing the principles of reason, rights, and progress. His newest science fiction novel is Eden against the Colossus. His latest non-fiction treatise is A Rational Cosmology. Mr. Stolyarov can be contacted at gennadystolyarovii@yahoo.com.

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Learn about Mr. Stolyarov's novel, Eden against the Colossus, here.

Read Mr. Stolyarov's new comprehensive treatise, A Rational Cosmology, explicating such terms as the universe, matter, space, time, sound, light, life, consciousness, and volition, at http://www.geocities.com/rational_argumentator/rc.html.