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The Only Mankind

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The Only Mankind

No matter what you will do to someone you hate very much
No matter what you will do to somebody you really love
No matter what you will do to other countries
If you are a leader of the most powerful country
No matter what you will do to all things
If you are the richest man in the world
No matter what you will do to your own life
If you are a very poor vagabond who lives alone
No matter what you do and who you are
I think I can believe that
you will do the best you can,
and in your heart of hearts you realize 
there is no reason for you to deny that
you are not the only man
but an inseparable part of mankind
living together on the same earth
getting older and older
That is the only world of mankind.
I trust you.

But how could we be so naive
that we are all trapped in an endless war with each other?
How could we have such a selfish and hedonic lifestyle
That we do not care about another man life at all?
Whereas whoever we are
you bet your life, we really know that
in all the universe
we are the only mankind.
How foolish we are!
How childish!
How embarrassing!
How nauseating!

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  1. Date: 3/22/2009 2:40:00 PM
    LOL great write here Tavip!! Just pray for us, that about all we can do ... smile ...

  1. Date: 3/20/2009 4:29:00 AM
    Well in the egocentric material concept there are these follies, man rises above these when there is "no matter" finally.