Cynicism and Optimism, Bottom’s Up

I am not valuableCynicism and Optimism
and I refuse to believe
I can change the way I think
I realize this may be difficult to comprehend but
“You can choose to be content”
is a lie
“Money and status will make you content!”
..these are the most important things in life
Are false
The foreign messages I received in childhood
I’m realizing
– were powerful
– hurt me
The things that I too in and blamed myself for
Self destruction will be the norm
in my future
No longer can it be said that
I care about what happens to me
It is evident
that I am apathetic and lethargic
It is foolish to presume
There is love

And all of this will come true unless we reverse it.

Based on a viral 2011 poem by Jonathan Reed Lost Generation about cynicism and optimism. Read to the end, then read in reverse starting from “There is love” and continuing upward.