David Reinstein,LCSWStarred Page By David Reinstein,LCSW, 21st Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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A person we might refer to as being a "degenerate" is one whose moral compass is either absent or is not working correctly. It is a sorry condition.


Degeneration suggests that something or someone was somehow been diminished from a higher condition once held. Literally, their 'generation' has gone into retrograde. However, it is sometimes the case that degeneration is a fixed reality and that no higher state has ever been achieved to be lost.

A 'degenerate' may have become that way - or, may have always been thus.

No Moral Compass

Devoid of a moral compass
Driven by hedonism unrestrained
With a pretense of compassion
Even once explained.
A practiced smile having nothing
To do with good humor,
Posture leaning in
Not to offer support
But to lunge at
Any available opportunity;
Sociopathy is not
Difficult to identify,
Though it remains
Predictably and vehemently

No Empathy = No Humanity

Subtracting empathy
From the formulation
Of what is human
Leaves something less
Than half a loaf;
Devoid of nourishment
The ability to nourish
Or the wish to offer it,

The true nature
Of the degenerate.

What Caused It Is Moot

Wrought by nature
And/or by nurture,
The esoteria of etiology
Coldly moot,
The degenerate spreads
Pain and nothingness
In his ill-fitted
Stolen suit.

"De-" = Downwards

β€œDe-” is not a good thing
When the goal is to
Foliate or
Pity or avoidance
Understandably evoked
By the degeneration
Of a human being
Who had and made a choice
That painted the image
We are seeing.

A Sad Place (Or Way) To Be

It is a sad affair
To be left waiting
At the rotting and forsaken
Neglected and decrepit
Forsaken and putrified
Avoided and rejected
Of degeneration.


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Clinical Social Worker (Psychotherapist), humorist, poet and musician, Born in Boston and a relatively unscathed survivor of the 60's.
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