General, your tank is a powerful vehicle

published Mar 20, 2009, last modified Jun 26, 2013

An excerpt of a poem by Bertolt Brecht.

General, your tank is a powerful vehicle.
It smashes down forests and crushes a hundred men.
But it has one defect:
It needs a driver .

General, your bomber is powerful.
It flies faster than a storm and carries more than an elephant.
But it has one defect:
It needs a mechanic .

General, man is very useful.
He can fly and he can kill.
But he has one defect:
He can think .

Bertolt Brecht