Common Folly

As the title says.

Common Folly

Diabolic logic decrees
The path to elevation
lies in dragging others down.
It lies.

Virtue shines with its own light.
Casting mud
does not increase your candlepower.
It merely feeds the darkness.

It is possible
to disagree
without attacking the man.
Verbal darts
poison the sender
with their careless venom.
Annihilation does not prove you right.
There is no victory in a wasteland.
Why make an enemy of a potential friend?
In extremis
to stop up his mouth
with death,
to stop up his ears
with anger,
loses you
the chance to change his mind.

-- Kathryn A