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Ignorance is Overrated

Some people take to Facebook
In an effort to create
A safe and pleasant habitat
By unfriending those who wish debate.
But then still rile against a college chum
Who has not lost their winter weight.

We drone on about the weather
Far too often before we die.
And talk incessantly about our children
To those unfortunate to catch our eye.
But we fail to address substantive issues
And I have to question why?

No religion, politics or talk of sex
To free us from our doubt.
And avoiding issues that may offend
Seems the safer route.
But spotting the neighbor wearing spandex
Deserves a rapid shout.

No fossil fuel or global warming talk
To change us from our course.
And any attempt to grow our minds
Is met with dogged force.
As it is far better to speak of gardening tips
Which we more heartily endorse.

So we close our eyes and dim our ears
To the harder things in life.
And may indeed find sweet sanctuary
From unwanted social strife.
But rest assured we will have wasted much
In a desire to escape our neighbor's knife.

So we avoid such talk and play it safe
With our essence hidden from the fray.
But I have to tell... my greatest fear
That haunts and tasks me to this day.
Is when we stand before the gates of Heaven...
We will have nothing much to say.

                   The End

*To those who may be interested. I will be posting my cartoon 'Bob's Your Uncle' on my homepage. A new one will appear every second day.



Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 11/20/2019 9:33:00 AM
I tend to weigh in on topics. Although I am respectful I have been blocked by a few supporters of the President. I enjoyed your new comic strip.
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David McHattie
Date: 11/25/2019 7:40:00 PM
When we stop talking to each other... trouble begins. Have a great day my friend.
Date: 11/18/2019 3:59:00 AM
David, this is my second response. Indeed we will have have plenty to say. As we will have to account for each second of our life on earth to the main man. Your poem still is a FAv to me! Panagiota x
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David McHattie
Date: 11/25/2019 7:38:00 PM
I hope I don't have to justify my brief fascination with 'disco'. No one is perfect. Have a great day my friend.
Date: 11/16/2019 1:37:00 PM
Hello David McHattle, I like this poem. yes we will be standing by the pearly gate with nothing much to say. have a nice day my friend.
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David McHattie
Date: 11/25/2019 7:37:00 PM
I think after we pass... we will be asked one thing... 'What have we learned?' Have a great day.
Date: 10/26/2019 7:38:00 AM
You should hang out with my friends, no topic is off limits. Great poem. I enjoyed your cartoon, the mask was a nice touch.
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David McHattie
Date: 11/25/2019 7:34:00 PM
You are a lucky man to be exposed to a wide variety of opinions. I admire anyone who can defend their beliefs, no matter the topic. Even Hitler made a strong case... and I would have told him so just before I shot him. Have a great day.
Date: 10/24/2019 3:37:00 PM
It has become a tabloidy, fake news world. I spend 30-40 hours a month trying to engage people in serious, spiritual discussions. It ain't easy. I think your cartoons are awesome, newspaper worthy
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David McHattie
Date: 10/24/2019 6:57:00 PM
I feel your pain. Many people I know refuse to have their beliefs challenged. Such are the times. Have a great day my friend.
Date: 10/20/2019 2:24:00 PM
I just use FB to do my movie reviews. I find when I post really important stuff like how people should beward Big Pharma , the truth about cancer, how to eat correctly, or other important topics that could change their lives, they don't even like it or comment to it (except for some of the conservative crowd who support the ignorance of today's medicine and try to shoot down things like thermagrams). Good one, David
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David McHattie
Date: 11/25/2019 7:28:00 PM
I'm not sure what a thermogram is but I'm going to look it up. Knowledge is power. Have a great day.
Date: 10/20/2019 7:00:00 AM
in facebook i guess people can pretend it's a perfect world, perfect life...i prefer to escape in the realm of poetry...here the words sometimes touch on the issues more often then there...good penning, i enjoyed this one :) hugs
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David McHattie
Date: 11/25/2019 7:26:00 PM
I think for the most part Facebook is a wonderful thing it is still too easy to avoid having tour beliefs challenged. Have a great day.
Date: 10/20/2019 2:38:00 AM
If you happen to be a smoker of cigarettes and such, I was told that was the best question to ask at the Pearly Gates, David. If you are an avid abuser then they need to hang a no smoking sign way before you waste your time waiting in line David lol.
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David McHattie
Date: 10/20/2019 3:03:00 AM
My Mother loved to smoke so I hope some accommodation will be made. Stay frosty my friend.
Date: 10/20/2019 12:09:00 AM
Ooohoohoo! Well said my friend. Bravo! I wonder how politically correct we will be in Hell. God Bless, JB
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David McHattie
Date: 10/20/2019 2:58:00 AM
I promise you if I get there first... I'll lock the gate behind me. To your point... I don't think the Devil will give a rat's *** what your proper pronoun is. Have a great day my friend.
Date: 10/19/2019 10:44:00 PM
Bravo, David. This is a FAVE from me. Panagiota
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David McHattie
Date: 10/20/2019 2:53:00 AM
Thanks Panagiota. Your poems of faith inspire me. Have a great day my friend.