I agree that we become
like all others become,
through the subtle patterns and forms
that shape our being in society
and in our social worlds.

But if that really is
the way it is and we
poor hapless captive souls
are no more than automatons
stultified and managed
to be a certain conforming way,
then what of human freedom?
And what of Henry David Thoreau,
and his idea of civil disobedience?