SOIL

The CITIZENS are the soil of a nation. When a nation is being plagued with INFERIOR LEADERSHIP, THIS IS A RESULT OF THE GROWING IMMORAL BEHAVIOR OF ITS CITIZENS. A NATION IS ALWAYS A REFLECTION OF THE REAL MORALITY OF ITS CITIZENS; NOT THEIR BOASTFUL, ARROGANT, AND HYPOCRITICAL PROCLAMATIONS

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  1. Dear Asili,

    What a fortunate accident that I am rereading Jean Toomer’s Cane (1923), anticipating how a few senior citizen readers in New Orleans will react to the book a few weeks from now. Like Toomer’s book, your three sentences provoke ideas. Here are my immediate, unfiltered responses to SOIL:

    1) The metaphor reminds me that persons (citizens) are dust which shall return to dirt, and soil is not soul until it is sufficiently exhausted.

    2) Inferior leadership—–When a nation is plagued (so apt a word) by the insanity of the inferior, the soil’s sanity discovers that weeds are planted where rice, beans, and potatoes should be. Are we condemned to think the effect (result) is the cause (immoral behavior), or does the sleight of hand of logic permit us to turn the assertion upside down? Poetry is a wicked informer. Or, as Toomer wrote in “November Cotton Flower,”

    Drought fighting soil had caused the soil to take All water from the streams; dead birds were found In wells a hundred feet below the ground — Such was the season when the flower bloomed.

    3) A nation is a lie tantalized by a truth.

    Peace,

    Jerry

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