Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Ethics for Everyman: 98 years ago and still relevant

This poem was written 98 years ago. Has anything changed?

Throwing a bomb is bad,
Dropping a bomb is good;
Terror, no need to add.
Depends on who's wearing the hood.
Kangaroo courts are wrong,
Specialist courts are right;
Discipline by the strong
Is fair if your collar is white.
Company output 'soars',
Wages, of course 'explode';
Profits deserve applause.
Pay claims, the criminal code.
Daily the Church declares
Betting shops are a curse;
Gambling on stocks and shares
Enlarges the national purse.
Workers are absentees.
Businessmen relax,
Different as chalk and cheese;
Social morality
Has a duality -
One for each side of the tracks.

Roger Woddis, New Oxford Book of Light Verse (written in 1917)

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