From the Republic of Conscience
by Seamus Heaney
When I landed in the republic of conscience it was so noiseless when the engines stopped. I could hear a curlew high above the runway
At immigration, the clerk was an old man
who produced a wallet from his homespun coat
and showed me a photograph of my grandfather.
The woman in customs asked me to declare
the words of our traditional cures and charms
to heal dumbness and avert the evil eye.
No porters. No interpreter. No taxi.
You carried your own burden and very soon
your symptoms of creeping privilege disappeared.
Fog is a dreaded omen there, but lightning
spells universal good and parents hang
swaddled infants in trees during thunder storms.
Salt is their precious mineral. And seashells
are held to the ear during births and funerals.
The base of all inks and pigments is seawater.
Their sacred symbol is a stylized boat
The sail is an ear, the mast a sloping pen,
The hull a mouth-shape, the keel an open eye.
At their inauguration, public leaders
must swear to uphold unwritten law and weep
to atone for their presumption to hold office
and to affirm their faith that all life sprang
from salt in tears which the sky-god wept
after he dreamt his solitude was endless.
I came back from that frugal republic
with my two arms the one length, the customs woman
having insisted my allowance was myself
The old man rose and gazed into my face
and said that was official recognition
that I was now a dual citizen.
He therefore desired me when I got home
to consider myself a representative
and to speak on their behalf in my own tongue.
Their embassies, he said, were everywhere
but operated independently
and no ambassador would ever be relieved.
How can we convince our friends, people we know, or we vote for, to change at least a small part of their decisions in respect to the principle of a better future.
The ambassadors do accept that through there influencing position in the society, they can relay the information that the Republic convey. They use social media, press or their daily activities to influence.
They are also individually trying to change their attitudes towards businesses, how we eat, how we travel, the way we consume…
They can participate to the organization and the promotion of the different talks, conferences, press campaign that will be prepare from 2019.
The Republic is an art project and will stimulate conversations with artists, philosophers, writers etc. It is currently creating link with Museum and institution in order to held talks.
They also stimulate the Republic with there research and discovery in order to feed the rest of the community of the Republic, it will be publish on the blog.
They link the Republic with politicians, investors, fund managers, CEO business, NGO, foundations etc.…
They connect the Republic with project they like or feel Important for the community
Their name is used as part of the list of the ambassadors
They propose new Ambassadors
They also stimulate the Republic with there research and discovery in order to feed the rest of the community of the Republic
They accept that their name is used as part of the list of the ambassadors