The World Would Be Better Off

AN EASY ESSAY

by Peter Maurin

The world would be better off
if people tried
to become better,

And people would
become better
if they stopped trying
to be better off.

For when everyone tries
to become better off
nobody is better off.

But when everyone tries
to become better
everyone is better off.

Everybody would be rich
if nobody tried
to become richer.

And nobody would be poor
if everybody tried
to be the poorest

And everybody would be
what he ought to be
if everybody tried to be
what he wants
the other fellow to be.

  Maurin, 1877-1949, was co-founder with Dorothy Day, of the Catholic Worker Movement.

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1 Response to The World Would Be Better Off

  1. Gary Brumback, www.democracypowernow.com says:

    Thnx Arlen, great essay! Gary

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