On Longevity: Reflections

POETRY FORMAT, 29 Jan 2018

Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

Longevity is a life-lengthening quality
Longevity is a human-dignifying seniority
Longevity is a residence in livability
Longevity is a goal for health-sustainability
Longevity is the fulfillment of creativAGING
Longevity is a delight in linguistic maturity
Longevity is a blessing to intergenerational solidarity

85-year-old Francisco Gomes de Matos  from Recife, Brazil is an applied peace linguist. 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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