Jerome finds logic thrilling.
He loves to help it grow.
The more results that he can prove,
The more he wants to know.
His logic work can net.
The more awards that he receives
The more he wants to get.
And yet it’s surely true:
A man can serve two masters, and
That’s just what many do.
‘Empower’ and ‘proactive’ also put me on alert.
And, like, they’re, like, tenacious when it comes to saying ‘like.’
I dream that I’m the Dutch boy with his finger in the dike.
Their views may sometimes bode quite ill —
Think Heidegger instead of Mill.
Credits: A different version of “The Logician” first appeared in The Providence Journal, 10/20/11. “Professor on Alert” first appeared in The Providence Journal, 5/20/14. A different version of “Who’s Afraid of Philosopher Kings?” first appeared as a letter to the editor on The Chronicle of Higher Education website, 12/31/14.