The Careful Erosion – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: Then British PM Neville Chamberlain returning from his meeting with German chancellor Adolf Hitler in 1938 where an agreement was reached that Britain and Germany would not seek to go to war. Chamberlain was an appeaser who was played by Hitler. The photo is iconic as it defines Chamberlain’s speech which includes the now infamous line “I believe it is peace in our time.” which was never true. The iconic photo is a signifier of believing what you want to believe even when all evidence points to the opposite.

“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our mind.” Bob Marley

The Careful Erosion 

Once, the beast was contained in
civility and the piety of naivety which
held the line against fearful things
potentially foisted on us all by the 
well-meaning midwives of decay,
who carelessly fling open the 
overton to the highest bidders of
necrotising freedom, and thereby, 
we fall for all the carefully manicured 
spiracies birthing our nightmares,
while never noticing the careful
erosion of what it means to be human,
to be a person, inviolable, and where we 
descend  into a catabolic, zombie
existence, all the time believing it is
for our own good.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®

Note: 'Overton' is a reference to the theory of the Overton Window which is a model that helps us understand how ideas change and shift over time and influence politics. The theory accepts that politicians are limited in what policy decisions they can support and that policy decisions that are not generally accepted will cost support for the politicians if they choose to pursue them.


Filed under awareness, Economics, Free Verse, life, poem, politics, quote

22 responses to “The Careful Erosion – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I hadn’t heard of the Overton Window. It certainly explains a lot.

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  2. This was very interesting Paul, thanks for enlightening me.

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  3. The Overton Window is a term that I didn’t know existed.

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  4. I love this piece, reminds us a lot of what we left missing. Amazing!

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  5. Thanks Paul! Thats very enlightening! xx Michael

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