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All I have is a voice . . .

Could we live in traitorous times? We have been lured by the Siren call of so many challenges — 9/11, Iraq, global warming, cultural wars, record mortgage foreclosures — that we are becoming bystanders of day-to-day life.

Today, I came across W.H. Auden’s September 1, 1939 meditation made on the footsteps of World War II. While he spoke to challenges of a bygone day, I can’t help but wonder if anything will every change?

All I have is a voice.

To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;

We must love one another or die.

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