We're living now in dangerous times
Though maybe not more than before
We've lost some old disturbing crimes
But daily we discover more.
Religion will not help us here
We have enough ways to go mad
But reason will not disappear
And all the ends are sad.
Too many hold the sacred flame
Believing better is elsewhere
Abandoning from where they came
Abandoning their right to care.
They prophesy the end of days
Though what they see without a doubt
Is where their footsteps guide their ways
And what they bring about.
They see wars in uneasy peace
They see the devil in the lines
They wish to feel the soul's release
From base mortal designs.
They see a war to end all wars
They see a battle final met
Disturbingly, they do not pause
Their victory, to see regret.
They do not question why they move
Beneath an old religion's spell
Or feel the need again to prove
That even holy wars are hell.
The arrogant storm God's domain
And second guess the fickle Fate
Their saviour may yet come again
To find they could not wait.
Wisdom does not compromise
Or gamble with its precious lot
Or waste time sifting truth from lies
To sacrifice the wealth it's got.
In truth, it's hard to understand
Believers so in haste to greet
And occupy an unseen land
Destroying that beneath their feet.
Believe in things you understand
Give bedrock to your errant soul
For what is not within your hand,
Is not in your control.
There is no better world to come
If we, alone, can't make it true
We march the march, we beat the drum
What will be done, is what we do.