We Are the Decent
People of the World

Wilferd A. Peterson

  

We are the decent people of the world.

We are in the majority, for men and women are essentially decent.

We live in all nations, we live under all the flags that fly.

Decency is not determined by our economic status, our religion, the language we speak, the color of our skin, or the ideology under which we live.  Human decency is a universal quality.

We, the decent people of the world, often have our voices drowned out by the shouts of leaders who misrepresent the things for which we stand.

We the decent people carry enough weight to tip the scale for decency if we will make ourselves heard. . . .

We believe that war is the great indecency, that it kills and destroys all the higher sensibilities of people and leaves only death, suffering, and destruction in its wake.

We believe that this is a beautiful universe and that it is made for love and not for hate; for peace and not war; for freedom and not slavery; for order and not riot; for compassion and not violence; for happiness and not misery.

We believe that there is only one war to be waged in the name of human decency, and that is the war against all the common enemies of human beings . . . hunger, disease, poverty, ignorance, crime and failure.

We believe that every child should have the chance to grow up in an atmosphere of faith, not of fear.

We believe that the ultimate decency is to help people and never harm people, to lift people and not degrade people, and to respect the dignity of all people as individual human beings.

We the decent people of the world stand for the kind of life that will be good for all of the people, all of the time, everywhere.

  


 
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