Thousands of years
of history have passed…
and during all that time
have fought, killed
plundered and wronged each other
in every possible way.
Of such stuff history is made.
But also during that time,
other human beings
have quietly and patiently persevered
in the development
of the arts, crafts
inventions, ideas and programs.
From these millions of creative persons,
most of them unnoticed and unknown
in the upheavals of history,
have come the good and lasting things
in the sum of human culture.
–Barbara G. Walker in Life Prayers