No-one would pretend that 'freaks'
Were in a majority in the lower class;
For they are conspicuously a tiny minority
Compared with that great mass of philistines
Who constitute the proletarian generality.
Undoubtedly the most culturally precocious members
Of their class, they are the type
From whom a future leadership could be drawn,
A type who are civilized ...
On their own outsider's terms
In advance of the generality
And who, once in power,
Would transmit their culture to the masses
And thus make them more civilized in due turn,
Having first pioneered the way
In an unofficial capacity
Within the church/state civilization
And acquired a knowledge of and allegiance to
The transcendental culture to-come.
But by a curious paradox
Their future role would place them
Outside the mainstream culture of the People.
For you cannot transmit culture
And be civilized at the same time.
What you gain on the unofficial roundabout
You must lose on the official swings.
Civilized in advance of the masses,
You cannot be civilized with them.