One World

I had a different post planned for this week, but the atrocities in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad, as well as the Syrian refugee crisis demand a response. This is mine:

Violence is always a negative. Hatred is always a negative. Most of the peoples of this world–Black, Brown, White, Yellow, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Atheists–are good, want peace, treasure their children, value life. We are all depending on the kindness of strangers.

Music in the Retiro on a Sunday afternoon.
For music in the Retiro on a sunny Sunday.
The infinite capacity of our imaginations
For the infinite capacity of our imaginations.

 

The beauty of all living things.
For the beauty of all living things.
The beautiful vistas of this world.
For the many beautiful vistas of this world.
No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; 
It tolls for thee. 
John Donne
For the dearness of home.
For the dearness of home.
For afternoons in cafes with wine and good friends.
For afternoons in cafes with wine and good friends.
For the art and literature and music and theater that feeds our souls.
For the art and literature and music and theater that feeds our souls.
For the people we love.
For the people we love.
And more people we love!
And more people we love!
For the things that make us laugh.
For the things that make us laugh.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “One World

    1. Thanks NOC. Happy to offer something positive. I am sending you via e-mail (too long to print here) a letter that arrived in my Inbox this morning from our dear senator, Lizzie Warren. It’s wonderfully moving, and my only regret is that I can’t send everyone a copy.

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