In this difficult time for us all, I want to share a short poem by the 13th century Persian poet Sa’adi. His poem is universal and timeless. While our modern times have been relentlessly challenging, we may take comfort knowing that past societies have faced similar struggles.
Human beings are members of a whole
In creation of one essence and soul
If one member is afflicted with pain
Other members uneasy will remain
If you have no sympathy for human pain
The name of human you cannot retainSaadi (13th century Persian poet)
This poem is actually displayed by the United Nations in the Hall of Nations in New York.
The death of Mr. Floyd has echoed our experiences and challenges through the COVID-19 crisis: we are all a connected humanity whose pain is felt by us all.