Tender young age told what it means
observe the world objectively.
Look for the facts, simple and true?
Silly bromide, no one can do.
Each of us has own perspective
starting from birth view selective.
No ifs or buts, no, “Them, not me!”
what we’ve been through filters what see.
At tender age, eleven years,
introduced to how writing’s steered.
Purpose for prose, or a poem,
always reason ‘hind author’s pen.
Four types we’re told, simplistic view,
but to begin list them for you.
Use ABCs to organise:
(See what I mean? How we’re comprised.)
Start letter “D,” for Descriptive,
use five senses a scene create.
Wish to inform, or to explain?
Expository course we’ve lain.
Third’s Narrative, story we tell
needs perspective make it work well.
Final of four is Persuasive
that’s our model, that’s all there is.
But every one, matters not type,
we must relate from own insights.
Back to baby mentioned sixth line?
Perspective’s shaped from our birth time.
Not a “Blank Slate” enter the world
but knowledgeless in blankets furled.
Even language, most basic tool,
has shaped our minds and our brains rule.
Hierarchy of Maslow’s Needs
tip of iceberg Perspective Creed.
All of our thoughts language channels
structures our brains inside our sculls.
All languages, no exceptions,
have assumptions on which they’re based.
Youngest of minds formed from the creche
shaping our thoughts forever reach.
Objective thought, false from the start,
more descriptive Subjective Art.
Parochial everyone is,
not binary, on spectrum live.
Some of us try, from time to time,
to view the world from others eyes.
Task at which fail, but grand attempt
with prejudice be circumspect.
Heinlein novel when I was teen,
Stranger Strange Land, objective scene.
Fair Witness trained not to assume
distinguish tween observed, inferred.
Few years later college classes
had reinforced distort glasses.
Message I learned, task which all fail,
try as we might? Subjective’s jail.
Same RAH who did create
Fair Witnesses essay berates
National News in seventies
filed news reports he’d been on scene
he had observed not once but thrice
suggested that newscasters’ vice
Bob believed self, one pair of eyes,
concluded that News was one lied.
Fast forward some, Twenty-twenty,
it was April friend spoke to me.
Amendment Two, Right To Bear Arms,
that was the theme caused some alarm.
Friend has a view he does espouse
he asked of me question aroused.
He simply asked who would I trust
observations or media.
I had to laugh and call friend out
his thought process bias did shout.
Implication an agenda
something “They” have but we’re above
speaks to the heart subjectiveness
for there’s no doubt all have bias.
I answered friend in certain term
Data does trump what we observe.
Anecdotal, stories we tell
have one great job illustrate well.
When data’s gleaned and compiled
shines brightest light, nothing rivals.
Our prejudice makes us all see
what we expect both sage and plebe.
Rallying cry is not, “Fake News!”
Rather, “Data o’er anecdotes.”