Did you ever wonder why
we are like we are
big rubber test tubes
Our buttons are pushed
we respond with prepackaged behaviour
Our strings are pulled
we dance the imposed steps
Our chains are yanked
we snarl and growl the predetermined sounds
We’re red when we’re hot
We’re blue when we’re cold
Our past precedes our present without fail
Our future succeeds our present with surety
Our lives unfold without effort
Our days come and go without form
The blank slate indeed is written upon
but are all the marks so much automatic writing?
Are we simply marionettes tied to the manipulations of environment?
As the offspring of a nurturing Nature
Is there anything at all for us to do?
The piece was inspired by my ongoing question of how is “free will” possible within a mechanistic based view of humans. Genetics interact with the environment and from that flows behaviour. Is choice an illusion? And if it is how can there be individual responsibility? Perhaps we cat as e must. Shades of B. F. Skinner. Perhaps in the end we are not that different from his experimental pigeons.
CHUCK SIGMUND BIOGRAPHY
Retired environmental chemist, I was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA in 1940 and I am still alive today living with my wife in Victoria, BC, Canada. I met my wife, Judy, in Roseville, MI in 1960. I retired from teaching chemistry in 1999 at Langara College in Vancouver, B.C. I have two children. I worry a lot about the future of the planet threatened by nuclear war and climate change.