Too many of us humans are unfair in our judgements.
We never try to learn of other peoples’ lives,
or listen to the thoughts of fellowhumans’ statements,
if they are strange to us – we kill them with our knives.
Tribal war or civil war, or war between some nations,
from this so many suffer around our fragile Earth.
Despotic rulers gain from unfair regulations,
the prejudice and ignorance give hatred ruthless birth.
The prejudiced ideas of things we do not know
are based on evil rumours when something bad is done.
The knowledge of the facts are often very low,
with common suppositions so many of us run.
When unfair things do happen, then people will react,
the unjust rules and cruelty make people sad and mad.
Then power-hungry statesmen between them make a pact
that common laws of justice they never really had.
Democracy is meant to give the people justice,
and rules which are acceptable by people with a heart.
But many laws of this kind are never put in practice,
because so many governments just put them on a chart.
The racism is a problem between so many groups,
the racist see the others as creeps of lower value.
In certain cases too they send their ruthless troops,
but their ideas so twisted are certainly untrue.
Instead of see the fact how many common traits,
which link us all together, with culture laid on top,
that we are same and different – diversity he hates.
If this is never realised – the hatred will not stop.
The colour of our skin is merely superficial,
inside we are the same – of common human race.
To stop the racist war – this view should be official,
respect for different ways should really be in place.
Accept our ways and cultures, religions and our skin,
oppose the unfair things – in every single land!
Defeat the worldly violence, let human fairness win,
avoid the hateful thoughts – stretch out a helping hand!
I wrote this poem directly in English on Thursday, April 1st 2003, and two days later translated it into Swedish called “Mänsklig demokrati”. In many respects this poem is just as valid slightly more than ten years later. With this poem I want to describe the situation in the world as a whole, our common ancestry, but also the problems I see. To me democracy is extremely important, even if it is fragile. We have various beliefs around our world, which sometimes might co-exist together, other times are very different from each other which leads to different clashes between nations, inside the nations, between religions, political parties, between men and women as well as social groups. We are both alike and unalike, even though we all as humans have a common ancestry. What world do you want to live in?
Anders Moberg, November 23d 2013