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The Reign of Reason (A Poem)

We insist the past is not wisdom’s sole source…
But among us you’ll find no idol-smasher!
Wielding high thinking, and never brute force,
The reign of Reason let us now usher!

Birth as a measure of worth we reject!
In our world, an upstart’s no gatecrasher!
Equal opportunity is our project.
The reign of Reason let us now usher!

Prayer does not count as contribution.
Of what use is a passive well-wisher?
Our charity will exceed Faith’s ration!
The reign of Reason let us now usher!

To the crowd’s convention we won’t prostrate;
Or slump on desks as a paid pen-pusher!
We’ll educate, organize, agitate!
The reign of Reason let us now usher!

-Arvind Iyer

Editor’s Note:The Reign of Reason” captures the spirit of Yukti 2011, a Nirmukta event to promote scientific temper. To know more please visit the event website.

About the author

Arvind Iyer

Arvind Iyer is a student researcher at the University of Southern California working in the broad areas of Computational Neuroscience and biological visual processing. His interests include science popularization, continuing education, secular philanthropy and freethought blogging.

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