I believe in the mission of learning why
Of understanding where
Of knowing who
And of doing.
I believe in Homer and Whitman,
Beethoven, Verdi, and Bach.
I do not believe in life without Shakespeare.
I believe in basking in the presence of beautiful women
And in the soft grace of touch, every gentle touch.
I believe in the Declaration of Independence
And in all of its self-evident truths.
I believe in the value of mercy over money
And in the fight to assure compassion prevails.
I believe in the end-around, the fielder’s choice,
The curve of binding energy and the gaits of horses.
I believe also in the wisdom of evolution
Which tells us creation is not over
And will never be over.
I believe in the purity of wildlands
And in the calls of elk and cranes.
I believe in the illusions of a spinning planet
Over which the sun comes and goes in majesty.
And when the glory of the sun wanes
And night settles on the land
I place my faith in the exquisite mystery
Of the blackness between stars
From which all that is in us and around us
The laughter of children
The blossoms of orchids
The chemistry of air
The eyes of whales
And the beauty of you.
In all of this I believe.
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