Keeping things in Perspective

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I just spent the last 7 hours tearing my hair out trying to get ifilm to burn a dvd copy of my HIV/AIDS process theatre project for Sierra Leone (leaving next Thursday…)

I finally finished and was glancing through some archival material i have and once again came across this poem …

An Easy Essay
by Peter Maurin

The world would be better off
if people tried
to become better,
And people would
become better
if they stopped trying
to be better off.

For when everyone tries
to become better off
nobody is better off.
But when everyone tries
to become better
everyone is better off.

Everybody would be rich
if nobody tried
to become richer.
And nobody would be poor
if everybody tried
to be the poorest

And everybody would be
what he ought to be
if everybody tried to be
what he wants
the other fellow to be.

SOURCE: http://www.progress.org/archive/maurin01.htm

It was a timely reminder. Now back to putting this dvd together to help curb the 7% of Sierra Leonians with the HIV/AIDS virus. I just needed perspective

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