If there’s no God, we need one anyway;
We need a higher vision of our nature
Lest “red in tooth and claw” still rule the day
And ruthlessness remain our signal feature—
As it has done in many eras past
When chieftains, kings and emperors have reigned
Like Ozymandias over wastelands vast
With egos gross and powers unconstrained.
No. God is Love and Peace personified,
A model of our high humanity
Implicit in our genes, too little tried,
Yet what we crave to cure insanity.
Without a God to worship for its worth,
We’ll never reach the promise of our birth.