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humanity i love you analysis

….”that you would rather black the boots of success than enquire whose soul dangles from his watch chain”.  In other words, we fawn over the rich and famous, envy them, try to be them but never stop to consider what we corrupt within ourselves along the road of becoming.  The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is an interesting and excellent extension of this theme. Can anyone actually achieve great financial success without sacrificing their soul…and the souls of many others? Were we all not so willing to throw principles aside to achieve our personal “success”, this would be a much different and more beautiful world. Just ask Bernie Madoff, Hosni Mubarek or Kadafi…or maybe Bill Clinton, George Bush or Barak Obama… or Monsanto that poisons the entire world for their profits.  Just how many souls are dangling from those watch chains?

(all three poems appear under the “Great Poems” category link under “Topics List” to the right )