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  • If we could start over...
    a new world
    a brave new world
    would we take the light to the dark...
    shine a light...
    sweep it clean?
    would we do it differently?
    would there still be hunger? starvation?
    war without end?
    drones and nsa?
    would 20,000 children be homeless in New York City in the 21st century?
    would we do it differently?
    would we have a culture in the midst of a frenzy of consumerism, raping our home in the process?
    would banks still be too big to fail?
    would greed still be good?
    would we still have so much and feel so empty?
    would we stay in denial or step up to the plate?
    would we reach out more? step out of fear?
    would people still die for lack of medicine, healthcare, care, compassion?
    would the Trans Pacific Partnership, the race to the bottom, be looming?
    would there be such things as pipelines, and fracking, Fukushima?
    would our food still poison us?
    would clean water be a commodity or a right?
    would the police still be so afraid of the people they have sworn to protect?
    would education be only for the few?
    would competition still separate us?
    corporate prisons
    cancer for all
    mass murders in the name of freedom, security, the name of God, a vengeful God
    sex trade
    children in slavery
    global warming
    climate change

    Would we really believe in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in a brand new world
    a brave new world....would we make it real and true?

    could we, would we, empower the children?
    would we teach them that the way to a better world is through cooperation, not competition?
    would we tell of compassion, empathy, and nurture it, show it?
    would we explain that there doesn't need to be a loser?
    would we support them in their reach for their highest potential?
    would we encourage creativity, critical thinking?
    would we show them the wonders of diversity? of inclusion rather that separateness?
    would we dance more? love more? allow for joy?
    would we love the planet, Mother?
    would we realize there is enough for everyone?
    would we insist corporations serve the communities they are part of?
    would we seek out and empower the peacemakers, would there be need for the warriors?
    would we come to recognize our inter-dependence?
    would we love one another like we say we do?

    Have we learned anything?
    Anything at all?
    Would we dream a different dream?
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