Let’s Speak PEACE: A Plea to All Language Users

POETRY FORMAT, 19 Feb 2018

Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

Let´s speak PEACE wherever we may be
by teaching  one another peacefully the world to see

Let´s speak PEACE whenever we interact
by teaching one another to dignify every communicative act

Is it the language of languages we want to teach?
Let´s make SPEAKING PEACE the goal to reach

Let´s speak PEACE as the global language of serenity
by expressing ourselves  through discourses  of amity

When speaking PEACE, to one another let´s say:
“Wish you and your family a peaceful day today”

When speaking PEACE, in our religions for/of spirituality let´s pray:
“May sustainable peace in our homes/schools/workplaces/government offices stay”

When will all of Humankind learn to speak Peace?
When all forms of aggressive/violent language use will cease

Speaking PEACE will profoundly transform how multilingually to communicate
by showing how “LOVING ONE´S  LINGUISTIC NEIGHBOR” wisely to cultivate

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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