Listen in close,
If you dare, if you dare,
To the words of your foes.
Can you care? Can you care?
For until our ears open,
And our hearts follow suit,
The world will stay broken
By our need to refute.
So listen in close.
Won’t you dare? Won’t you dare?
Make friends of your foes.
Try to care.
Try to care.
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Be touched by suffering,
Yet let not your living cease.
One cannot carry every weight
And live for joy and peace.
Yes, let your neighbor’s hurts affect
Your heart and soul and mind.
But if you have no peace yourself,
What hope can you help find?
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We only see what we will see.
“Why care for them when it’s not me?”
Blinded by the life we’ve known,
We won’t accept what’s being shown.
“If what I love us hurting you,
What am I supposed to do?
I’ve never felt the pangs you say
Afflict you each and every day.”
So long as this is how we think,
Our social quality will sink.
Step outside your chosen facts
To listen, empathize, and act.
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If it’s not a life
You would wish upon yourself,
Don’t wish it on “them.”