THE PRIME IMPERATIVE
If there’s no God, some Person in the sky
Whom we must fear and reverently obey,
And whom it is forbidden to deny,
What happens then to those who would say nay?
Nothing. Except responsibility—
For now they realize that everyone
Of us must cultivate integrity
Without which this world’s promise is undone.
We’ve now evolved enough to realize
Implicit in the cosmos is a plan
That we have gained insight to realize,
Which is the prime directive of our clan:
Our mandate is to cultivate and nourish
Whatever causes life on Earth to flourish.