Academia is Dead

They say God is dead.
And we killed Him.
As if we could kill God.
Yet, we bow our heads with a slight nod.

I walk to the front of the chapel,
To pay my respects seems, natural.
Forced to look upon the face,
And forced to offer my disgrace,
When I notice this is not the face
That I was expecting in this boxed place.

It is academia who lies in the coffin.
For students sit silently in rows too often,
While information is spewed onto boards,
We string her up like strange fruit with cords.

Laptops are guillotines for creativity.
They steal ideas like the sharp blade,
That falls at the will of gravity.
As we sit and “take notes,” we fade.

Academia wishes she had died fast.
I know this, because I heard what she said last.
As I looked at her face, she spoke to me.
“Bury me alive, so I don’t have to see.”

Perhaps she would have preferred a cross,
A death more tedious than the growth of moss.
At least everyone would have noticed her as she died,
and there would be no excuse not to fix your eye.

Academia is dead.
We have killed her.

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24 thoughts on “Academia is Dead

      1. Absolutely, this isn’t a new phenomenon. However, academically, college students are less interested in studies. Ask professors about the academic integrity of students. It’s becoming non-existent.

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  1. Yes, you started from Nietzsche ….and of to a meditative rumination in the chapel and then again your thoughts are winding to the academy. Yes you have poignantly portrayed it in criticism. Anand Bose from Kerala

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  2. Awesome work! It’s so heartwarming to hear an artist speak out against the way scientific materialism has tried to murder western culture, starting with the rote abuse of young minds in school. And ending now with academia’s overdue death as they’ve priced themselves out of existence in their greed to fleece the young, burying them under insurmountable debt while preparing them for nothing in the job market. It’s a corrupt system than needs a headstone and a goodbye prayer.

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