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Exploring the feelings behind the worldview theme--another project WORLDVIEW theme song...
for theme #36A: Cynicism
Grows” by Stephen P. Cook
to be sung to the tune of “Anything Goes” by Cole Porter / Frank Sinatra
The bad guy killers on nine eleven
Died dreaming of going to heaven
Almighty God knows
Staying married ‘til death do you part
Maybe, for a newly wed old fart
So will you propose?
Corporate cats sit on trillions in cash1
And escape taxes2 that dog my ass
Smelling like a rose
The world’s eighty five billionaires
Own more than three billion sucking air3
Few highs lots of lows
Hunger brings a shoplifting spree
Now prison in the land of the free
Wearing new clothes
Young black males often rule
More likely in prison than in school4
Raw deal jim crows
What’s growing faster than government spending?
Regulations—they’re never ending!
Pages and pages of prose
Those who know say burning coal is bad
And climate change can make us sad
We can’t say whoa!
Millions die in war’s deadly fires
Who’s to blame? Thieves5and liars!
Give peace a chance foes
of early 2014, estimates were $5 trillion to $7 trillion for US
companies. Invested in putting people to work at $70,000/yr
per job, the latter figure would fund ten million pretty good USA
jobs for ten years!
to a 2013 study by US PIRG, “By booking profits to subsidiaries
registered in [offshore] tax havens, multinational
corporations are able to avoid an estimated $90 billion in
federal income taxes each year. These subsidiaries are often shell
companies with few, if any employees, and engage in little to no
real business activity.”
A 2014 Oxfam report said the world’s 85 richest people owned as much
wealth as its 3.5 billion poorest!
frequently cited, this is an exaggeration. According to Howard
University professor Ivory Toldson, as of April 2013,
there are 1.4 million US black men in college and 840,000 black
men in prison.
recent wars in Africa can be traced to kleptocracy–where government
ruler (or rulers) loot the national treasury and
extend personal wealth to the detriment of the people they are
supposed to be serving.
Comment: this theme has value as emotional
armor in protecting yourself from attacks on your own failings and hurt
due to others’ failings. Rather than assign blame, you accept that
human nature is imperfect and emotionally move on. Unfortunately many
cynics embrace something not so healthy: a pessimistic attitude that
fully expects (and perhaps even encourages?) bad outcomes. Those lead to
more stress and a tendency to withdraw, avoid, deny—rather than
employing more engaged, adaptive or constructive coping strategies.
back to theme #36A
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