Freedom to Think

The hot curry of vigorous accusation burns in my throat

The crew of the yatch pull on sails of submission learned by rote

Never can an elephant stay hid for long

If the trunk doesn’t give it away you can tell by the pong

And speaking of smells, rather than speaking in yells, it is fear that begat the lies

That broke the ties, that invented the spies, that led to the tears that fell from their eyes


Blue so much it aches the sky, so far atop the mind

View all and sundry through a cold bloods dim lit eyes.....


And act in concert, convinced of that, the moment the moment has passed

But cold blood cares not for concert, he just acts so damned fast

And based on past, and cast adrift, and fighting the good fight

Repelling all borders, following Lizzie’s orders, doing what seems right

On orange boxes telling any who’ll hear, that Lizzie he knew best,

Never ought to fear as worlds lay in ruin, t’was only ever a test.


Come along for the ride, with that old friend pride, and pretend it was all to a plan

Say it loud and stomp, speak with real conviction one and all ye Jack men stand....


You were sent to save one another, but the lizard cannot know that

Fear of death is his fuel, though it seems most cruel, the mouse who escapes the cat....


So is it fear or self responsibility, is it war in incremental measure

Or faces of love and sharing, and a day to come to treasure....


Diversity is not a curse, not a thing to afraid, or to storm,

It is the difference of perfection, that with which you were born


David Jackman

July 2014


Douglas is the name I gave to my lizard. It seems a good idea to get up close and personal with your lizard if you want any hope at all of ever helping it to relax... Tis just my thinking.

How long may I listen, when shall I speak again. These are the true lessons of patience


Probably the only time on this site, but this page follows on directly from The Invisible Man essay

Discipline, moderation, self responsibility, reflection, reason, rationality, patience, tolerance, accepting diversity.......


All of the above I propose would appear to be admirable qualities which appear I guess in the best of people

(not me I hasten to add, at least not yet!)


None of these are qualities I think that are likely to be exhibited by our lizards.


Whilst we all may aspire to (or some may indeed attain) some or all of these qualities, it is my understanding that they are to be found in the higher cognitive functioning areas of our thinking. I guess the point here is that when your lizard is triggered it cannot do what it believes its job is to be, hampered even by these noble constraints.


And so it is that in order to allow such diligence toward exemplary behaviour to floursih I find that the simple truth is that, first the cognitive mind needs to assist the lizard part of our brain's into staying in, or at least re-finding, a relaxed state as often as possible.


A triggered lizard ain't gonna care, and I think it is pointless trying to sugar coat how well anyone can exhibit such qualities without an equal or greater effort being applied to showing our lizard over and over again why the triggers of our infancy need not merit the responses of our infancy.


Given enough time and practice perhaps then a person may be able to portray optimum behaviour in the face of those things that life's journey has repeatedly invited a response less in keeping with any of the above; and more in keeping with


SURVIVAL........................Tis just my thinking