On OPTIMISM: A Peace Linguist’s Plea

POETRY FORMAT, 25 Dec 2017

Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

Optimism is a powerful   sea on which to sail
It challenges all ships to make PEACE prevail

Optimism in faith and hope is embedded
to global peaceland it is always  headed

Global Seeds of Optimism let´s keep sowing
Our peacebuilding identity will   keep growing

The best possible Peace let`s always expect
and to that wise goal all diplomacy let`s direct

Optimistic let´s always be
A peaceful world we will see

Optimistically let`s always (inter)act
Discourse dignity will become a fact

By optimistically educating Humanity the Earth to share
for a wise  global citizenship we`ll also show how to care

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, ABA Global Education (www.abaweb.org). He can be reached at fcardosogomesdematos@gmail.com.

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