Our Human Race


              Our human race has kept its place
              in evolutionary pace
              amid the species that have sprung
              from earthly parentage among
              some vanishing without a trace.

              A quest for home in outer space
              in lieu of earth in madcap chase
              is pushing to the brink far-flung
              our human race.

              A world will mirror dwellers’ face.
              Lest earthlings suffer fall from grace
              ‘unwept, unhonored, and unsung’,
              yet may we speak in global tongue
              and learn in living to embrace
              our human race.

              ~ Harley White

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The poem is a rondeau…

Quote from “The Lay of the Last Minstrel” (1805), by Walter Scott…

Further inspiration derived from the teachings and writings of Nichiren Daishōnin…

When the mind is bewildered, even for one instant, by its fundamental unenlightenment, it immediately becomes like a mirror that has been neglected. But, once it is polished, it will attain the brilliance of the true suchness of the Dharma nature. You must give rise to a deep mind of faith, in order to polish this mirror mornings and evenings. How should you polish it then? This is done just by reverently reciting Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō, which is what this polishing is called.
~ Nichiren Daishōnin (1255)

From ~ Treatise on Becoming a Buddha in a Single Lifetime (being updated online)

The reason that we continually recite Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō

Image ~ Earth’s Twin Seen From Saturn

Image explanation ~ TPeering over the shoulder of giant Saturn, through its rings, and across interplanetary space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft spies the bright, cloudy terrestrial planet, Venus. The vast distance from Saturn means that Venus only shows up as a white dot, just above and to the right of the image center. Venus, along with Mercury, Earth, and Mars, is one of the rocky ‘terrestrial’ planets in the solar system that orbit relatively close to the sun. Though Venus has an atmosphere of carbon dioxide that reaches nearly 900 degrees Fahrenheit (500 degrees Celsius) and a surface pressure 100 times that of Earth, it is considered a twin to our planet because of their similar size, mass, rocky composition and orbit. Venus is covered in thick sulfuric acid clouds, making it very bright.

Earth’s Twin Seen From Saturn

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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