Thursday, March 16, 2006

The People, Yes

Cnet has an article here, summarizing the recent South by Southwest interactive conference in Austin, Texas.

In particular, one of my favourite writers, Bruce Sterling, is quoted giving the closing speech. Sterling in turn quoted a passage from a poem by Carl Sandberg that I had not read before, called "The People, Yes"

The people so often sleepy, weary, enigmatic,
Is a vast huddle with so many units saying:

“I earn my living.

I make enough to get by

And it takes all my time.

If I had more time

I could do more for myself and maybe for others.

I could read and study

And talk things over

And find out more things.

It takes time.

I wish I had the time.”

Carl Sandberg

The full poem can be found here.

Dedicated to all those who think it is easier to stay quiet than it is to take a stand.

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