There is no human need for violence
Except occasionally for self-defense;
Our malice in the past must be outgrown
And viciousness we can no more condone.
Humanity stands at a turning point
And may another way of being anoint
As holier and healthier than when
We thought the world a thieves’ or lion’s den.
Although this be a visionary plea,
What’s sane in us most surely will agree
That only peace and amity can make
Up for our dreadful history of ache:
That pain will pass if we can rise above
All animosity and live in love.