Committee for Unintended Consequences


It’s obvious our species has evolved
through paths of unintended consequence.
We own a history of having solved
some problems, met some challenges with sense,
but then results go otherwise than planned.
The car that moves us far: extinguished birds
who wintered on the grains in horseshit; canned
communities; killed culture with the ‘burbs.

Examples of short-sightedness abound –
in fact we don’t need wisdom to succeed.
I’ll claim a new committee we should found,
to list the possibilities we breed
with institutions, regulations, laws.
Let’s brainstorm consequence, and counter flaws.

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