The greatest quest of all is to grow wise,
collectively and individually,
for we have yet to fully realize
our sapient potentiality.
What must we then outgrow and leave behind
as modes of our collective ignorance,
as signs of our still undeveloped mind,
for us to make that marvelous advance?
It must be this: the thought that I’m above
another—with higher rights or keener needs;
the rule must be instead that only love
obtains, compassion, as in all the creeds
that throughout history have won acclaim
because they’ve recognized our highest aim.