A Marvel (if only)

“A Marvel – a message composed by cellist Pablo Casals when invited to play The Swan for the United Nations General Assembly… ‘A Marvel’

Each second we live in a new and unique moment of the universe. A moment that never was before and will never be again…and what do we teach our children in school?

We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France.

When will we also teach them who and what they are?

We should say to each of them: “You are a marvel. You are unique. In all of the world, there is no other child exactly like you… In the millions of years that have passed, there has never been another child like you.

And look at your body: what a wonder it is. Your legs, your arms, your cunning fingers, the way you move.

You may become a Shakespeare. A Michelangelo, a Beethoven…. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is like you…a marvel?

We must cherish one another. We all must work to make this world worthy of its children.”

~ quoted in CCPA Monitor, Dec.2007-January 2008.

Ahhhhh. If only...