After a while you learn
the subtile difference
between holding a hand
and chaining a soul.
And you learn
that love doesn't mean leaning
and company doesn't mean security
And you begin to learn
that kisses aren't contracts
and presents aren't promises.
And you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of a woman or a man,
not the grief of a child,
and learn to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow's ground is
too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down
After a while you learn
that even sunshine burns if you ask too much.
So you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul,
instead of waiting for someone to bring you
And you learn
that you really can endure
that you really are strong
and you really do have worth.
And you learn,
with every goodbye
Prayer of Saint Francis Assisi (died 1226 A.D.)
Lord, make me an instrument of
Where there is hatred-let me sow love
Where there is injury-pardon
Where there is doubt-faith
Where there is despair-hope
Where there is darkness-light
Where there is sadness-joy
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled-as to console
To be understood-as to understand
To be loved-as to love
It is in giving-that we receive
It is in pardoning-that we are pardoned
It is in dying-that we are born to eternal life
I believe in the
THE TRIESTE DECLARATION
Of HUMAN DUTIES
IT IS THE DUTY OF EVERY HUMAN BEING TO:2. Work against racial injustice and all discrimination of women, and the abuse and exploitation
1. Respect human dignity as well as ethnic, cultural and religious diversity.
3. Work for improvement in the quality of life of aged and disabled persons.
4. Respect human life and condemn the sale of human beings or parts of the living human body.
5. Support efforts to improve the life of people suffering from hunger, misery, disease or unemployment.
6. Promote effective voluntary family planning in order to regulate world population growth.
7. Support actions for an equitable distribution of world resources.
8. Avoid energy waste and work for the reduction of the use of fossil fuels. Promote the use of inexhaustible energy sources, representing a minimum of environmental and health risks.
9. Protect nature from pollution and abuse, promote conservation of natural resources and the restoration of degraded environments.
10. Respect and preserve the genetic diversity of living organisms and promote constant scrutiny of the application of genetic technologies.
11. Promote improvement of urban and rural regions and support endeavours to eliminate the causes of environmental destruction and impoverishment which can lead to massive migrations of people and over population in urban areas.
12. Work for maintenance of world peace, condemn war, terrorism and all other hostile activities by calling for decreased military spending in all countries and restriction of the proliferation and dissemination of arms, in particular, weapons of mass destruction.
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Notes: This Declaration was originally proposed
by Professor Rita Levi Montalcini of Italy who is presently the President
of the International Council of Human Duties ( ICHD). I was initially made
aware of this magnificent organization through Professor Sergio Paoletti
of the University of Trieste whom I met at a recent meeting in Berlin.
In addition to science of common interest, we discussed the destruction
of the world's forests and I mentioned that I had a grand plan to overcome
this by developing a strain of microbes to produce cellulose in salt water
environments, thus removing entirely the need to harvest forest trees for
wood and pulp as well as growing of cotton for textiles. This is a dream
and I have decided to dream as Robert Muller has done -"be born to fashion
a better world"...