Wednesday, October 13, 2004


Rabindranath Tagore, India's Nobel laureate for literature in 1913 and a friend of Gandhi, wrote the following poem. Considering the current political climate here and the state of world affairs, it seems appropriate for these times.

Where the Mind is Without Fear
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms toward perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake