“They need to read more Plato,” someone said,
but he’s a teacher bound to miss the mark,
who thinks that only logic fills the head,
and only reason penetrates the dark.
I wish he were correct. I once agreed,
but I cannot ignore experience.
For while some explanations fill a need,
it’s rare to meet well-grown intelligence.
Compendia of systems are we all –
a corpus that comprises many works,
a brain that’s on a spectrum and in thrall
to personal pathology that jerks
evaluation, warping what’s perceived,
and murking truth with principles believed.