Terence George Craddock (afterglows echoes of starlight)

Past Human Race Historical Track Record - Poem by Terence George Craddock (afterglows echoes of starlight)

some people reassure
'everything happens for a reason'
the reason is often indifference

people unwilling to take a risk
help others too scared too indifferent
to intervene aid offer comfort

the consequences of indifference
is letting people struggle suffer alone?
even letting people live die alone?

if we consider barbaric veneer history of this world?

case study horrific inhumanity of humankind
appalling cruelties upon innocent others inflicted
cop out indifference of people to other people

reviewing blood spore past historical race track record
empire bragged torture techniques slavery genocides inflicted
across centuries millennias from distant dawn of civilizations...

and before from stone ages before time recorded
clear patterns of development? are fast established!
constantly bigger better weapons are produced!

more viciously refined deadly weapons amassed
in perpetual search of ever more lethal killing techniques!
mass murder warfare is elevated to industrial process!

I think even in the coldest most analytical indifferent light,
of historical casual retrospective analysis crimes human history,
incorporates premeditated wars slavery tantamount to cruelty...

calculated brutality of irredeemable unforgivable nature
yet God still declines to judge us postpones judgment?
do we accountable grant pardon to atrocious crimes past?

breathtaking is innate skills natural ferocious qualities?
persistently trained for strived for to groom skills to kill
to survive to kill kill kill state selected target enemies

great god science esteemed celebrated minds commit
crimes develop perfect ever more lethal choice weapons
technology establishes MAD mutual assured destruction

we grow more skilled more capable more adapt
at ethically dubious technically clinical overspecialized
techniques required to inflict horror on target acquired

in warfare target acquired includes flesh blood people
more than half killed in modern wars are civilians
innocent wrong place blameless men women children

are you frightened Joe Jane public should you be?
every new mission which politically required
high-risk intervention brings death killing ordered

to people born of mothers fathers just like you were
yes their luck ran out perfected skills budget killing left
running refugees easy drone strike heat signature targets

civilization has failed to vote
universal global condemnation
of ongoing wars atrocities pillages

our world is unanimously indicted
charge is cruelty severe depraved
unpardonable systematic sadism?

'everything happens
for a reason'

is chilling in manifest indifference

Topic(s) of this poem: Society

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Copyright © Terence George Craddock
Original version of the split images 'Indifference Sows Consequences', 'Barbaric Veneer Layered History Of This World', 'State Selected Target Enemies' and 'Universal Global Condemnation Not Voted' by Terence George Craddock.
Written in July 2014 on the 30&31.7.2014.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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