On Transforming Humanity: A Checklist for Reflection/Research
POETRY FORMAT, 14 Jan 2019
We want Humanity politically to transform
but current political systems how to reform ?
We want Humanity economically to modify
but current economic systems how to dignify ?
We want Humanity educationally to enhance
but current education systems how to advance ?
We want Humanity peacefully to humanize
but current forms of peacebuilding how to harmonize ?
We want forms/ways of violence/killing to prevent
but current forms of nonviolence/nonkilling how to augment ?
We want Humanity kindly/respectfully to interact
but current forms of interaction how to perfect ?
We want Humanity spiritually to elevate
but current forms of spirituality how to conciliate?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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