You’re better to believe what we tell the children, God loves us
Satan’s to blame for all the evil in the world, the horrors of war.
You’re better if you just think that, think the heart of humanity
soul of the nation is one, indivisible under Republican thieves.
Oh say can’t you see something eatin’ away at the heart-land
like an amoeba eatin’ a brain, crows peckin’ the liver of liberty
Chipping from the inside, look– death has a bone to pick with us.
we’ve never let the cruel hatred of the Civil War go entirely.
So it goes on, now, today, while our books rust on shelves
our art rots on walls, TV distracts us with football and films
Our laws check, but there’s no remedy for reality– violence
at any turn, with or without imams, rabbis, priests, much less
The false God of Almighty Wall Street, there’s no gettin’ around
or away from it unless we learn, if not to love then
To respect one another, defund the police, lay down your views
your arms, live in peace as friends– we are not enemies
We are not apples, we are the toxic tree from which we pick,
even now the ax is laid to the roots of the tree,
We needn’t toss the whole thing to hell if we turn bullets into ballots
to save liberty, listening to the best of our better angels.
Believe that and you’re better than me, pushin’ seventy
Kickin’ the tires of a heavenly car, never seen nothin’ like it so far.
Religions are a balm to a wounded heart
but an insult to sound intelligence.
They provide peace and connection
while kicking us in the head,
So because we need to connect for peace
and we like being kicked around,
We’d do well to study and get use to them.
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
“The best way to fight terrorism is to invest in education.
Instead of sending weapons, send teachers.”
— Malala Yousafzai