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. 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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