On Dignity in Democracy
POETRY FORMAT, 6 Jan 2014
A Rhymed Reflection Dedicated to Litang Cui
Democracy is not only an organizational dream
For Global Citizenship it is a freedom-fostering necessity
Though challengingly complex democratic goals seem
Democracy is a politically-elevating system for dignity
Democracy is not only a collective sharing of responsibility
For a balance between people and power it could be a peaceful song
Though democratic systems differ in how they treat the worth of individuality
Democracy could always inspire people everywhere dignifyingly to get along
Francisco Gomes de Matos is a peace linguist and human rights educator from Recife-Brazil, author, among others, of the book Nurturing Nonkilling: A Poetic Plantation (2010, Center for Global Nonkilling, Honolulu-Hawai’i). Downloadable at www.nonkilling.org. Co-founder: The World Dignity University Initiative.
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