What is it we are striving to become
That we have still to fully realize?
Though we now know whom we’re descended from,
Who is it evolution will devise?
Or is it in our own hands now to choose
And consciously determine human ends,
A responsibility we can’t abuse
On which all future history depends?
Though human beings may never be complete,
A project evermore to be refined,
There’s much we can accomplish or defeat
To make us more intelligent and kind.
Yet first we need a mode to emulate,
A sage or saint whom all can celebrate.