Pity The Nation, by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

(After Khalil Gibran)

Pity the nation whose people are sheep,
  and whose shepherds mislead them.

Pity the nation whose leaders are liars,
  whose sages are silenced,
    and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.

Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
  except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero
    and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.

Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
  and no other culture but its own.

Pity the nation whose breath is money
  and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.

Pity the nation — oh, pity the people
  who allow their rights to erode
    and their freedoms to be washed away.

My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti is 100 years old today.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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