Hook, Line & Sinker

Alan Rayner
1 min readAug 14, 2020

The Lure of Post-Hoc Rationalisation

Bowled Over’ (Oil painting on canvas by Alan Rayner, 2008)

To examine an outcome

Then, via a selective process

Eliminating all that might have been,

To see that as its cause

Is a favourite trick of the smart-arse

Mind-in-a-box -

Too clever for its own or others’ good -

Which exempts itself

From all around

And crows


Oh! My Goodness, Me!

This is what is meant to be

My Destiny

Traced back through His story

Along a connecting line of descent

To a starting point

Exempted from all around

Its Self


Like a river flowing to Sea

Unable to see its Sink

As its oceanic Source

Remote from where it sprang from


Again and again

The High & Mighty Fall for It

Hook, Line & Sinker

Swallowed Whole

Bringing tumbling in their wake

Their followers and overlorded serfs

Down to Earth,

Out to Sea and

Into Sky



The Silent void holds its Peace


Ever ready to receive

And restore to life refreshed

From Grace


For further reading, see:- https://medium.com/@admrayner/the-new-natural-evolutionary-science-philosophy-of-inclusive-flow-natural-inclusionality-3ecd19ad7657



Alan Rayner

Alan Rayner is an evolutionary ecologist, writer and artist, who is pioneering the philosophy of natural inclusion