A Meditation for Children

I am a member of the world family.

I am related to those who stand next to me

by the air we breathe

by the light we share

the hope we have for a better world.

I have a responsibility

to give

to receive

to be open, tolerant, free.


I have inherited this world from those who have lived here before.

I occupy space and time for a few short years.

I hold this world in trust for those who will follow.


My life, with others, can fashion this world toward

peace, rather than strife

hope, rather than despair

freedom, rather than slavery.

I, with those about me, can make the Brotherhood of Man a living thing.

I pledge my willing spirit to this thought.

We will do this together!

– The United Nations, 1982