The Map

The world is an ugly place.

Everywhere there is pain

and confusion,

anger, violence, heartbreaking sorrow.

War and disease kill thousands,

while ignorance

and selfishness kill thousands more.

Children are trained to hate,

boys are taught to objectify,

girls are taught self-loathing.

Families are so backwards

parents teach their children

to misbehave.

Intelligence is shamed,

healthy creativity twisted.

We are encouraged to strive

for greater things, then crushed

when we start to believe

we could be better.

Why move on

when all paths have the same

destination?

Because the world is a beautiful place.

Everywhere there is laughter

and hope,

kindness, love, gladness to make the heart burst.

The peace of a baby sleeping,

the joy of a dog

and its long-awaited master,

A chance smile, a hug,

a meal shared, a door held.

Children who see beyond differences,

a boy that knows respect,

a girl who knows she has value,

parents so loving

they revisit childhood in the park.

Wisdom is treasured,

spontaneity embraced.

We are encouraged to strive

for greater things, then marvel

when we discover that

we are better.

How could we think

that all paths have the same

destination?

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