Second Verse, Same as the First

If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?

— Candide


It's been a few days since we've had a mass murder or questionable police shooting. To make up for lost time, today you'll get not one but two mass shootings. But wait—there's more! You'll also receive cellphone footage of the SFPD unleashing a barrage on a fella in broad daylight absolutely free. God bless America, home of the free and otherwise greatest nation on Earth. Deny it and they'll lock you up, if they don't gun you down first.

I hope the Buddhists are wrong about reincarnation. I'm nowhere near wise enough for enlightenment and don't expect to be in this lifetime, which means I'd have to come back. It's likely I'd have to come back again and again and again and again and again and so on for uncountable kalpas. This idea of incessant rebirth doesn't suit me. I feel like I've been doing this forever already as it is. And frankly, you lot often make for miserable company , what with all the being awful to each other all the time. And such forth.