Verrà la morte e avrà i tuoi occhi-
questa morte che ci accompagna
dal mattino alla sera, insonne,
sorda, come un vecchio rimorso
o un vizio assurdo. I tuoi occhi
saranno una vana parola,
un grido taciuto, un silenzio.
Così li vedi ogni mattina
quando su te sola ti pieghi
nello specchio. O cara speranza,
quel giorno sapremo anche noi
che sei la vita e sei il nulla
Per tutti la morte ha uno sguardo.
Verrà la morte e avrà i tuoi occhi.
Sarà come smettere un vizio,
come vedere nello specchio
riemergere un viso morto,
come ascoltare un labbro chiuso.
Scenderemo nel gorgo muti.
The essence of a good society…is that every member, regardless of gender, race or ethnic origin, should have access to a rewarding life. Allowance there must be for undoubted differences in aspiration and qualification. Individuals differ in physical and mental facility, commitment and purpose, and from these differences come differences in achievement and economic reward. This is accepted.
In the good society, however, achievement may not be limited by factors which are remediable. There must be economic opportunity for all…And in the preparation for life, the young must have the physical care, the discipline, let no one doubt, and especially the education that will allow them to seize and exploit that opportunity. No one, from accident of birth or economic circumstance, may be denied these things; if they are not available from parent or family, society must provide effective forms of care and guidance.
The role of economics in the good society is basic; economic determinism is a relentless force. Only then opportunity will match aspiration, either great or small.
Very specifically, the good society must have substantial and reliable economic aspiration, either great or small.
Very specifically, the good society must have substantial and reliable economic growth-a substantial and reliable increase in production and employment from year to year.
More frequently very simple events can give rise to enormous consequences. On 9 January the then US Secretary of State James Baker only had to say one word to set in train a vast array of events. That day he met the Iraqi ambassador in an effort to avert war. Later, making a statement to the waiting media, he began, ‘Regrettably…’ ‘Traders didn’t wait to hear the second word and a wave of selling hit the stock and bond markets.’
Dorothy Rowe, The Real Meaning of Money.