On the Critical AttitudeThe critical attitude
Strikes many people as unfruitful
That is because they find the state
Impervious to their criticism
But what in this case is an unfruitful attitude
Is merely a feeble attitude. Give criticism arms
And states can be demolished by it.
Canalising a river
Grafting a fruit tree
Educating a person
Transforming a state
These are instances of fruitful criticism
And at the same time instances of art.
The Active DisconnectedThe active disconnected, your great teachersWorked out the structure of a communityWhere man is not wolf to manAnd discovered man's delight in eating his fill and having aroof over his headAnd his wish to manage his own affairsThey did not believe the preachers' babbleThat our terrible hunger will be appeased once our bellieshave rottedThey chucked out the dishes full of bad food.They recognised the man they were told was the enemyAs their hungry neighbour.They were patient only in the struggle against the oppressorsTolerant only of those who would not tolerate exploitationTired only of injustice.
He who kicked away the chair on which he sat uncomfortablyWho drove the ploughshare an inch deeper into the earth thanany before himThe discontented man, he shall be our teacherIn reconstructing the community.
Those howeverWho gorged themselves full on a plate of promisesShall get their bellies ripped out.Hiding their crooked bonesIn a waste of a spoonful of sand.