Emperor Qin’s ironic demise

(the physics of heat)

Philosophy means different things
to different people.
practitioners, apparently, are passionate
for pearls;
laymen, let’s assume, dive less deeply.
their ardor is applied
to the wisdom of the physical.
men of action, they, incurious:
doers, actors, copulators
(absorbed by entertainments);
neither sedentary nor seditious, say,
like true philosophers
intent on the elusive, the abstract.
make no mistake: they do so
at their peril

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