The New Narrative of Inclusive Justice – poems of Ben Okri

As we reflected last Wednesday on the nature and the detail of the new narrative of inclusive justice now required in such urgency, a contributor recommended a return – or first visit – to Ben Okri’s 1999 – yes 1999 eve of the new century – poetic epic.

Okri’s ‘Mental Fight – an anti-spell for the 21st century’ became a source of stirring insight, scale and inclusiveness – richly inclusive and yet free of the jargon of divisive specialisms. I’ve scanned and attached below all the pages, so that you can lift and share any sections that might enrich any specific dialogue you might have.

Dip anywhere and find inspiration free of jargon and infused with a profound sense of the ‘universal Christ’ [i.e. the manifestation of BOTH prior unity AND future Common Good] that we must couple with our freedom to note or ignore that manifestation in and all about us, every day!

It all builds up to this final page………………………

For, after the gospels,
After the human and divine comedies,
After the one thousand and one nights,
After crime and punishment,
War and peace, pride and prejudice,
The sound and the fury,
Between good and evil,
Being and nothingness,
After the tempest, the trial,
And the wasteland,
After things have fallen apart,
After the hundred years of solitude,
And the remembrance of things past,
In the kingdom of this world,
We can still astonish the gods in humanity
And be the stuff of future legends,
If we but dare to be real,
And have the courage to see
That this is the time to dream
The best dream of them all.

Hope you’ll dip enough to be encouraged to make time
to read it all in this ‘mental fight’ we share. 

• Ben Okri Mental Fight •

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