Who to Venerate
Who should we venerate?
The murderers and the thieves?
The warmongers, slavers
Exploiters and the chiefs?
Why not the poets
The artists, musicians
And the dancers?
The people who create
Not the selfish arrogant chancers.
Put the statues of generals
Into the museum
Next to a statement of the facts
So that everyone can see them.
The statues we erect are statements about who we value.
The kings, queens, generals and wealthy merchants.
All they represent is power and wealth.
It’s time we dumped these self-serving exploiters into museums.
We should be venerating the creative people – the artists, musicians, dancers, writers, poets and designers.
We should be venerating the compassionate ones – the doctors, nurses, carers.
We should be venerating the ones who care about the planet – the environmentalists, the biologists and ecologists.
We humans have our priorities all wrong.