Hazards of Sentimental education

Some of us have trouble seeing trees for the forest.
We learn from literature that ambition is vanity.
We learn from wisdom in general that all is vanity.
We once threw pennies in the well to make a wish.
Dust goes to dust. Tin dropped in a pit goes home
As well. A wish is worth a penny, perhaps. Or more.
A lottery ticket is just a penny in the well. All of our
Efforts are just dust thrown down a canyon.
And so forth.
The big picture is always a bleak one. (Humans
Dwell in the temporal middleground mostly.)

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