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if we could, would we?




If we could start over...
a new world
a brave new world
would we take the light to the dark...
shine a light...
sweep it clean?
would we do it differently?
would there still be hunger? starvation?
homelessness?
war?
war without end?
drones and nsa?
would 20,000 children 
be homeless in New York City in the 21st century?
would we do it differently?
would we have a culture in the midst of a frenzy of consumerism,
raping our home in the process? 
would banks still be too big to fail?
would greed still be good?
would we still have so much and feel so empty?
would we stay in denial or step up to the plate?
would we reach out more? step out of fear?
would people still die for lack of medicine, healthcare, care, 
compassion?
would the Trans Pacific Partnership, the race to the bottom, be looming? 
would there be such things as pipelines, and fracking, Fukushima?
would our food still poison us?
would clean water be a commodity or a right?
would the police still be so afraid of the people they have sworn to protect?
would education be only for the few?
would competition still separate us?
corporate prisons
rape
gmo's
cancer for all
mass murders in the name of freedom, security, resources...
in the name of God, a vengeful God
sex trade
child slave
plastic
global warming
climate change
hate
Would we really believe in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness 
in a brand new world
a brave new world....
would we make it real and true?

could we, would we, empower the children?
would we teach them that the way to a better world is through cooperation, 
not competition?
would we tell of compassion, empathy, and nurture it, show it?
would we explain that there doesn't need to be a loser?
would we support them in their reach for their highest potential?
would we encourage creativity, critical thinking?
would we show them the wonders of diversity? 
of inclusion rather than separateness?
would we dance more? love more? allow for joy?
would we love the planet, Mother?
would we let them just keep drilling?
would we realize there is enough for everyone?
would we know more stuff does not mean more happy?
would we insist corporations serve the communities they are part of?

would we seek out and empower the peacemakers, 
would there be need for the warriors?
would we come to recognize our inter-dependence?
would we love one another like we say we do?
Have we learned anything?
Anything at all?
Would we dream a different dream?

1 comments:

Snowbrush said...

I've missed you and was delighted to see that you posted again. Thank goodness you're back.

I don't think we humans learn much from one generation to another, which is largely we make the same mistakes repeatedly.

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