This was a writing prompt from poetry class. We listened to music and had to write poetry that was inspired by the songs. I heard the refrain about the "beautiful world" or something like that in one of the songs and I remember reacting very bitterly, thinking, "Geeze...this world isn't beautiful!" Of course, I was in an extrememly cynical mood that day for no reason, so I wrote this very depressing poem. However, I had also had a quote from Gandhi stuck in my head that I found the night before..."An eye for an eye makes the whole world go blind." That is the best quote ever. EVER.
I remember when Jean Paul Samputu came to our school. For those of you that don't know--he's one of the best, most famous musicians ever to come out of Rwanada. He lost a lot of his family during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994 and talked to us about it. He said that his brothers wanted revenege and that it was typical, and logical, of course--people wanted to avenge their loved ones who died in the genocide. But Jean Paul pointed out, just as Gandhi did, that continuing to fight only brings more sorrow and pain and conflict. It solves nothing; it only makes things worse. If we were to live by the Code of Hammurabi and truly take an eye for an eye--Gandhi's right...we'd all go blind. That's why this quote means so much--it just really hits the nail on the head. Every person in the world should memorize this quote and live by the message it teaches.