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