Thursday, January 10, 2013

Hope for a Better Society

Welcome to Thinking with Somebody Else's Head. Martin Luther King foretold of a promised land. Thoreau wrote of a transcendent time when wise men would ennoble the population. Thomas More dreamed his utopia. Lennon imagined all the people living life in peace.

The dream of a better society doesn't easily vacate the human heart. In all ages, from all continents, come dreamers with their inner vision turned outward or upward, hopeful of a time when all men and women would be free. And this vision has been sanctified in documents and constitutions and even poetry.

Mystics and prophets and artists have convoked and lamented. And we should ask, "Why?"  Why does this impossible dream persist? Perhaps because we, all of us, know, in our quiet moments, in the deepest parts of our souls, that it's not impossible. That, as Blake wrote, we should "live in eternity's sunrise."

Hope for a better society, today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head.

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