Clear Conscience

In a funny and preceptive (and provocative) NYT editorial last week called “Penguin Family Values”, the writer quotes a few lines from the poem “In Praise of Feeling Bad About Yourself”, by Wislawa Szymborska.

A jackal doesn’t understand remorse.
Lions and lice don’t waver in their course.
Why should they, when they know they’re right?

On this third planet of the sun,
among the signs of bestiality
A clear conscience is Number One.

Ouch! What a sharp blade and steady aim! Can we clone these guys? Make a few million and infiltrate them throughout the media industry? Ann Coultier, may I serve you a helping of guilt to nourish your starving soul?