Top 2020 Resolution For Poets And Humanity.


New Year’s Resolution for 2020

magine it were possible to carry out a worldwide referendum allowing every human being to weigh in on the question: “Should mankind finally put an end to wars and establish, – starting in 2020, for the 1st time in the history of life on planet Earth – true and long-lasting universal peace?”

Most would likely envision the answer to such a potential voting process to be an overwhelming and unmistakable “Yes!”, with the percentage of world citizens voting in the affirmative approaching 99.99%, excluding the infamous .01% who rely on mass-murderous wars of aggression to maintain their wealth, power and accompanying ultra-privileged lifestyles.

Perhaps the most beneficial #1 New Year’s Resolution for 2020 embraced by humanity relates to manifesting into Earthly reality, for the health, happiness and well-being of this and future generations, that same imaginary referendum-decided goal: Establishing World Peace.

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Men and women poets have expressed such ideal sentiments across time.

“The Persistence of Memory” by Salvador Dali – 1931

“The poet, described in ideal perfection, brings the whole soul of a man into activity, with the subordination of its faculties to each other, according to their relative worth and dignity. He diffuses a tone and spirit of unity, that blends, and (as it were) fuses, each into each, by that synthetic and magical power, to which we have exclusively appropriated the name of imagination.

“This power, first put in action by the will and understanding, and retained under their irremissive, though gentle and unnoticed, control (laxis effertur habenis – Meaning: Carried onward with loose reins; driven with loosened reins) reveals itself in the balance or reconciliation of opposite or discordant qualities; of sameness, with difference; of the general, with the concrete; the idea, with the image; the individual, with the representative; the sense of novelty and freshness, with old and familiar objects; a more than usual state of emotion, with more than usual order; judgment ever awake and steady self-possession, with enthusiasm and feeling profound or vehement; and while it blends and harmonizes the natural and the artificial, still subordinates art to nature; the manner to the matter, and our admiration for the poet to our sympathy with the poetry.”

From: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798)

He prayeth well, who loveth well

    Both man and bird and beast.

He prayeth best who loveth best

    All things both great and small;

For the dear God who loveth us,

    He made and loveth all.

Quote: “Whenever philosophy has taken into its plan religion, it has ended in skepticism; and whenever religion excludes philosophy, or the spirit or free inquiry, it leads to willful blindness and superstition.”

SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE (1772-1834) British poet, critic, philosopher

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best wishes for the year 2020 and the new decade of Earth’s history – to man and bird and beast and all things great and small. 

7 thoughts on “Top 2020 Resolution For Poets And Humanity.

  1. My Mind To Me a Kingdom Is
    by
    Sir Edward Dyer
    1540 – 1607

    My mind to me a kingdom is,
    Such present joys therein I find
    That it excels all other bliss
    That earth affords or grows by kind:
    Though much I lack which most would have
    Yet still my mind forbids to crave.
    No princely pomp, no wealthy store
    No force to win the victory,
    No wily wit to salve a sore,
    No shape to feed a loving eye
    To none of these I yield as thrall
    For why? My mind doth serve for all.
    I see how plenty surfeits oft,
    How hasty climbers soon do fall;
    I see how those which are aloft
    Mishap doth threaten most of all;
    They get with toil, they keep with fear:
    Such cares no mind for long can bear
    Content to live, this is my stay;
    I seek no more than may suffice;
    I press to bear no haughty sway;
    Look, what I lack my mind supplies:
    Lo, thus I triumph like a king,
    Content with that my mind doth bring.
    Some have too much, yet still do crave;
    I little have, and seek no more.
    They are but poor, though much they have,
    And I am rich with little store:
    They poor, I rich; they beg, I give;
    They lack, I leave; they pine, I live.
    I laugh not at another’s loss;
    I grudge not at another’s gain;
    No worldly waves my mind can toss;
    My state at one doth still remain:
    I fear no foe, I fawn no friend;
    I loathe not life, nor dread my end.
    Some weigh their pleasure by their lust,
    Their wisdom by their rage of will;
    Their treasure is their only trust
    A cloaked craft their store of skill:
    But all the pleasure that I find
    Is to maintain a quiet mind.
    My wealth is health and perfect ease;
    My conscience clear my chief defense;
    I neither seek by bribes to please,
    Nor by deceit to breed offence:
    Thus do I live, thus will I die;
    Would all did so well as I.

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    1. Thank you for the excellent 1586-written poem by Sir Edward Dyer. One wonders if today’s access to huge amounts of information is more of a blessing or a curse, particularly in the ways which people partake in what might be described as “looking into the wrong end of the telescope”, or searching for vital answers to vital life questions externally rather than inside themselves where by all evidence the true answers reside. Best wishes for 2020 and beyond, and thanks again Jimmy.

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  2. Best wishes for 2020, dear Jerry!
    The big question remains to be answered how to form these aspirations and interests of Humanity´s majority into power that can end the carnage perpetrated by the tiny majority!
    Cordial regards
    Andreas

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    1. Hello and Happy New Year, Andreas,

      After reading your comment on the “Big Question” (i.e. how humanity can literally achieve peace on Earth), our thought turned to how eagles (humanity) gaze from treetop perches and circle over bodies of water for very long stretches of time before seeing fish (world peace), then at the precise time successfully dive and catch the sustenance. Perhaps what that mental image conveys is that world peace is at essence a NATURAL occurrence, and – thankfully – inevitable. The time span or how quickly humanity fully grasps the natural inevitability of world peace – to coin a new word, the “unstoppableness” of world peace – will determine when the carnage of tragic unnecessary wars comes to an eternal end. Of course there are many urging the immediate turning of the historical page to the new peace-ruled chapters ahead.

      Thanks again, Andreas.

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