Double Standard

Yutang Lin

Talking about high ideals but dealing low,
Making strict demands yet fooling at will,
Whatever undesirable is forced on others;
Justice not reached, peace wouldn't come.


What is said and what is done lack consistency;
Demands on others and self-discipline conflict;
Whatever is in others' shoes, simply don't care;
Struggles are erupting out of selfish prejudices.

Written in Chinese on February 17, 2003
Translated on February 19, 2003
El Cerrito, California

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