I will live in this world

I will live in this world.
I will live in this world where the growing freedom of many provokes the hateful violence of a few.
I will live in this world where bigotry must raise up demagogues for protection.
I will live in this world where the road to love is besieged by bandits of ignorance.
I will live in this world where the brightening light of humanity casts a darkening shadow.
I will live in this world even though sometimes it shrinks me to a fragile mouse of fear, sometimes it fills me with the hot oil of rage, sometimes it smothers me with the heavy cloth of grief.
I will live in this world because I am of this world, and this world is of me, and the fight-dance of light and shadow is our common language.
I will live in this world because we need each other to find our way.