Fashionable Fallacies (#10-12)
“Esteem yourself,” the psychologists prate,
“Not for the products that you did create,
Not for your courage, nor for your skill,
Nor for your knowledge, nor effort of will,
Not for your morals, nor conduct by far.
Esteem yourself for just what you are.”
What am I, then? Do kindly state.
“Ignore the thinkers of the past,”
The sociologist will tell you fast,
“For they are products of their times,
And with the shift of paradigms,
Their principles are no more sound.”
What does all paradigms, then, found?
“Man’s greatest duty is to breed,”
Proclaims this era’s mainstream creed.
One’s legacy need be preserved
Beyond one’s own demise.”
But he who’d but his children served,
Will in his great-grandchildren’s eyes
Be but a fleeting shadow of his days,
While heroes in the tomes of learning graze,
Whose procreation never was a need.
G. Stolyarov II is an actuary, science fiction novelist, independent philosophical essayist, poet, amateur mathematician, composer, contributor to Enter Stage Right, Le Quebecois Libre, Rebirth of Reason, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Senior Writer for The Liberal Institute, former weekly columnist for GrasstopsUSA.com, and Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Argumentator, a magazine championing the principles of reason, rights, and progress. Mr. Stolyarov’s new blog, The Progress of Liberty, offers a combination of commentary, multimedia presentations, educational materials, and suggestions for effective activism in favor of individual freedom. Mr. Stolyarov also publishes his articles on Helium.com and Associated Content to assist the spread of rational ideas. He holds the highest Clout Level (10) possible on Associated Content. Mr. Stolyarov has also written a science fiction novel, Eden against the Colossus, a non-fiction treatise, A Rational Cosmology, and a play, Implied Consent. You can watch his YouTube Videos. Mr. Stolyarov can be contacted at email@example.com.
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