Promise me this day,
Promise me now,
While the Sun is overhead exactly at the zenith.
Even as they strike you down with a mountain of hatred and violence,
Even as they step on you and crush you like a worm,
Even as they dismember and disembowel you,
Remember, man is not our enemy.
The only thing worthy of you is compassion –
invincible, limitless, unconditional.
Hatred will never let you face the beast in man.
One day, when you face this beast alone with your courage intact, your eyes kind, untroubled (even as no one sees them), out of your smile will bloom a flower.
And those who love you will behold you across ten thousand worlds of birth and dying.
Alone again, I will go on with bent head, knowing that love has become eternal.
On the long, rough road the Sun and Moon will continue to shine.
Man is not the enemy. Our enemy is hatred, anger, ignorance, and fear.”
Thich Nhat Hanh