In a world where being a consumer

Is more important than being a thinker


Where a smile sells

And a heart sits on the shelf


When appearance is everything

Changing one’s mind becomes an admission of something unsavoury

The shame of having not known everything before


One must protect one’s own perfection

One must retain imperfection to hide from it


We devolve to prove we are not animals

We sink continents to keep ourselves afloat


We elect to stick to our guns

Even when they are pointed back at us