Let`s Dignify Our Day-to-Day Dialogues

Pairs of rhymed reflections, by Francisco Gomes de Matos, a peace linguist from Recife, Brazil

When can we dignify our day-by-day dialogues?

  1. When the words we use help communication edify
    When the things we say help cooperation amplify
  2. When the texts we create peacefully elevate
    When the meanings we convey spiritually elevate
  3. When through cordial speech we can humanize
    When through friendly e-mails we can harmonize
  4. When serious misunderstandings we can prevent
    When unfriendly messages we can circumvent
  5. When for our communicative faults we apologize
    When a speaker`s or writer´s virtues we eulogize
  6. When a human being or an animal we refuse to humiliate
    When a divine or a human being´s creation we appreciate
  7. When fairly disagreement we can express
    When verbally no human being we oppress

What else ? It´s up to you, dear reader, to add to the list. In doing so, reflect on the dignifying quality of each suggestion. Try this activity out in groups, at home, at school, at work, etc.

(received September 1, 2010)

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