Spirit - at the core of our lives, at the core
of Nature, at the core of the Universe.
And, I would also suggest, at the core of science.
HAMLET'S ODE TO PEACE
To fight, or not to fight: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler on the Earth to suffer
The tanks and missiles of outrageous invasion,
Or to take to the streets against a sea of generals
and by opposing, end them? To breathe : to pause;
To look anew; and by this pause to say we end
The heart-ache and the ten thousand griefs
That war’s victims are heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To breathe, to pause;
To pause : perchance to dream : ay, there's the rub;
For in that breath of hope what change may come
When we have shuffled off this monstrous war machine,
Must give us pause; there's the respect
That makes a doubt of so much hope;
For who would bear the pain and explosion of war,
The White House’s wrong, the commentator’s contumely,
The pangs of pepper spray, the spokesman’s arrogance,
The insolence of chicken-hawks and the spurns
That Iraq’s children so unworthily take,
When we ourselves might Earth-love make
With a bare choice ? Who would sorrows bear
To bleed and die under a poisoned sky,
But that our doubts about this peace
The undiscovered country in whose bourn
Our dreams might live, puzzle the will
And make us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of ?
Thus chesterfield comforts make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of laziness,
And enterprises far beyond the goals of "war!"
and "war again !" with this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action,
- Unless, unless, with arms entwined,
We stand together, souls in flight,
And call out on the wings of prayer
No, this moment shall not pass!
No war! We shall not see
Our Earth, our people thus destroyed
And win the name of action.
Soft you now! The fair Gaia wakes!
Nymph, in thy orisons,
Be all our hopes remember'd.
By Guy Dauncey,
With apologies to William Shakespeare
Guy Dauncey is the author of Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change (New Society Publishers, 2001), Earthfuture: Stories from a Sustainable World, and other titles. He lives in Victoria, Canada.