Conventions offer security
they also constrict
and confine, placing a limit
on what can be different-
possibly with equal merit
or even better.
Rules guide with sureness
they also corral us rigidly
and give us the excuse
that our hands are too tied
to exercise the latitude
and leeway, so direly needed
in exceptional cases.
Knowledge is a potent resource,
all learnings being repositories
not only of intellectual capital,
but of cultures and aesthetics.
But knowledge is not wisdom
when not used sagely;
it becomes a mere medium,
a stratagem to overstate a point,
in short, it turns into sophistry
and vacuous casuistry.
When deployed as an instrument,
not of open discourse but a rant,
knowledge becomes sheer bombast!
1 April 2016.