I Dream An Anthem Of The World

I dream an anthem of the world

How do you feel when you hear the national anthem of your country? The national anthem of my country is The Star-Spangled Banner. It speaks of the gallantry of the men who defended the country in the War of 1812. As I hear it and sing it, I feel a stirring in my soul. I feel gratitude for the efforts and accomplishments of those men in the past. I aspire to emulate their bravery.

I dream an anthem of the world

I don’t blame you if you feel something similar when you hear the national anthem of your country. Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) wrote:

Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
“This is my own, my native land!”

I dream an anthem of the world

I dream an anthem of the world. At a certain point, something happened. I do not claim to know when this happened. The unity of humanity became more important than the success of any one nation. The New Message from God teaches this in the revelation “Entering the Greater Community.” This teaching is one of the chapters in the book “The Greater Community.” When the New Message from God speaks of the greater community, it speaks of a greater community of intelligent life. Humanity is emerging into this greater community at this moment.

“If you begin to think within this larger arena of life [humanity’s emergence into the greater community], you will begin to see things you could not see before, and you will see that human unity and cooperation are not simply a desirable future goal or a preferred option, but instead a necessity to assure the freedom and the future of the human family.”

I feel a desire for a song that celebrates human unity, and stirs my soul as much as The Star-Spangled Banner does. American author Robert Heinlein (1907-1988) imagined such an anthem. He didn’t write the words or the music, but imagined the title: “Hymn to Sovereign Peace.”

As I ponder such an anthem of the world, I hear a melody in my mind’s ear. It is the melody of the Christian hymn “In Christ there is no East or West.” John Oxenham wrote this hymn in 1908.

In Christ there is no east or west,
in him no south or north,
but one great fellowship of love
throughout the whole wide earth.

As I ponder such an anthem of the world, there is an emotional tone I feel. It is the feeling of the poem “I Dream a World” by American poet Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

A world I dream where black or white,
Whatever race you be,
Will share the bounties of the earth
And every man is free,

Where wretchedness will hang its head
And joy, like a pearl,
Attends the needs of all mankind-
Of such I dream, my world!

I dream an anthem of the world. Who knows, maybe it is a foolish dream. All I know is that it is a dream that I must dream.

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Who Will Provide The Grand Design?

Who will provide the grand design? This could be tricky.

“Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.”

The Roman poet Horace (65 BC-8 BC) wrote these words in Book III of his Odes in 23 BC.  One translation is “How sweet and fitting it is to die for one’s country.”

Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
“This is my own, my native land!”

In this poem, a portion of “The Lay of the Last Minstrel,” written in 1805, Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) goes on to praise heartfelt patriotism, and condemn the selfishness of the person who is indifferent to the fate of his country.

Who will provide the grand design?

People are crazy and times are strange
I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range
I used to care, but things have changed

Bob Dylan says “Things Have Changed.” What has changed?  They say the world’s population in Sir Walter Scott’s day was about 1,000,000,000.  It’s slightly over 7,000,000,000 now, and growing at 1.2% per year.  That doesn’t seem like much, but by the Rule of 72, that’s a doubling time of 60 years.  Can you imagine the stress that a world with 14,000,000,000 people will experience?  You may not be around for it, but your children might, and their children will.

The Great Waves of Change says the human family as a whole must unite and gather together to deal with these great challenges.  Here is a paragraph which elaborates on this idea:

“In a world of ever-growing population and declining resources, humanity will face a great decision, a fundamental choice in which direction to go.  Do nations compete and challenge each other for the remaining resources? Do they fight and struggle over who will control these resources, and who will have access to these resources? For indeed, all the great wars of humanity’s turbulent past have been a struggle, fundamentally, over gaining access to and control over resources.”

Someone is reading this and thinking, “This is all easy for you to say, Mr. Kum Ba Yah, Mr. Uniting-the-warring-tribes-of-humanity.”  Ah, would that it were!  The creation of the image at the top brought up various stresses for me.  There are 196 countries in the world, and readers from 188 of them are going to look at this image and say “Why didn’t you include my country?”  I don’t think the United States and Saudi Arabia share very many values. On what basis will these two countries join?  This could be tricky. A voice in my head said “Why make Brazil the head of the snake?  What has Brazil done for the world besides give us ‘The Girl from Ipanema?!?'” My answer for that voice is “Brazil hasn’t been in a war since 1966.  They’re doing something right.”  After finishing the image, I had to go lie down for a while. I found merely thinking about this to be difficult.

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