Lord, make me an instrument of your Empire:
where there is confidence, let me bring fear,
where there is questioning, deception,
where there is privation, dependence,
where there is leadership, assassination,
where there is progress, interference,
where there is democracy, puppetry.
O Great Controller, grant that I may not so much seek
to be informed, as to dis-inform,
to be secure, as to secure others,
to be liberated, as to dominate,
for it is in taking that we get,
it is in repressing that we are free,
it is in possessing that we are possessed by Thee.
for the martyrs of Iran, Guatemala, Chile, Indonesia and the Third World.
November 18, 1986