POETRY FORMAT, 17 Aug 2015
In a world of -isms we live:
some -isms make us sad,
other -isms make us glad
Among the positive -isms in which Humankind can excel
there is one which has to do with treating others well
Such -ism is a deep, true -ism
What is it called: ALTRUISM
Being altruistic calls for humility
It is a commitment to serving Humanity
ALTRUISM Humankind`s selflessness enhances
By acting altruistically, as DIGNIFIERS a community advances
ALTRUISM is more than a top-priority global need:
It is both a life-improving force and a spiritually strengthening seed
Francisco Gomes de Matos, Ph.D. is an applied peace linguist from Recife, Brazil. He has degrees in Languages, Law, and Linguistics. He is Professor Emeritus at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco where he is active in the Dom Hélder Camara Human Rights Commission. He is one of the pioneers in Linguistic Rights (author of 1984 Plea for a Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights) and in the emerging area of Peace Linguistics. Currently he is President of the Board, Associação Brasil América (www.abaweb.org). He can be reached at email@example.com.
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