We, the veterans of Armageddonwho have survived to see this day
despite nation’s wrath and market’s greed
despite oppressor’s lies and fool’s illusions
despite all public madness, we have lived unto this day
because we hold these truths to be self-evident:
that false is not true, and no is not yes;
that slavery is not freedom, and war is not peace;
that poverty is not wealth, and ignorance is not wisdom;
that misery is not joy, and hatred is not love;
that evil is not good, and death is not life.
We too have erred; we too have wandered through darkness
but despite all chaos, we still remember the difference.
Thus we survive. Blessed be reason!