Marc Latham is reading Peter Prew’s The Human Reality at the moment, and it inspired this poem. Prew argues that humanity has been showing the same signs of delusion as a schizophrenic since it gave up its nomadic way of life; when it lived at one with nature and had a horizontal social stratification under the Great Spirit.
Prew considers that since human communities grew and became sedentary, the social stratification has become vertical, and this has led some humans to seek power and declare themselves special under their god. Consequently, this has led to wars with other human communities, who have also developed in a similar way. Prew believes it has also led to enslavement and poverty for many.
Here’s the poem, which is roughly cross-shaped. The title is a play on the old idiom, Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth.
Too Many Gods Spoil the Earth
Sky gods whispered
to Earthmother of the
the Great Spirit of all.
But humanity hid it under monotheism
Jesus Christ crucified for humanity’s sins
Prophets followed speaking of God dreams
people were kept in dark
with love to representatives
of warring Gods.