“If we could read the secret history of our enemies
we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering
enough to disarm all hostility.”
… Henry W. Longfellow
Religion and politics are two things for which Dragons have very little tolerance. It’s small wonder, given how destructive both have been in the history of Dragon/human relations. But today is U.N. Day and loath as I am to do it, I feel compelled to mix Dragons and politics. Just a bit.
U.N. Day commemorates the founding and principles of an organization which, in the aftermath of what was arguably the human race’s darkest time, offered us a collective way out of our modern madness. It is a noble experiment in tempering our more barbarous, unevolved tendencies, replacing them with international peace, security, tolerance, and respect for civil rights, freedom, and self-determination. Lofty ideals, worth pursuing by any species with the slightest sense of self-preservation.
Dragons are such a species. Indeed, it can be said that their bloody past and endangered present have given Dragons a uniquely hones sense of survival. They know that fighting amongst themselves only aids their enemies; that it takes a whole weyr to raise a Dragon; that living in consort with land and beast is the only path forward for us all. Borders have no meaning to beings who travel aloft, and diversity of color and cornicles is the hallmark of their kind.
What must Dragons think of our human pettiness and rancor, our nationalism and quest for power? Though no strangers to power – or even power grabs – chances are they’d snort and chuff and shake their heads. They’d give a paws-up to the U.N., to the peace makers and careful stewards of the world; to those who speak truth not lies and love every child and fawn and dragonlet as their own. At every opportunity, they would travel the world, gathering, Westie and Feathered and Asian Dragons together, sharing Dragon tales and raising their voices in song against human folly.
On United Nations Day, it is important to remember the ideal, rather than the falling short. To, as Dragons so often did during the Dark Times, cling to possibility of reason and hope triumphing over madness and despair.
This is the wisdom of Dragon Country. To the lunatic stupidity of the world, there is no antidote like it.
As John F. Kennedy reminds us,
…in the final analysis, our most basic common link, is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children’s futures, and we are all mortal.