This sweetly evocative opening refers to a quieter world ‘long ago’.  But it also evokes, for me at least, a better world with less stress and pollution and hardship. A single sentence that captures something of the spirit of the ambitious aims laid out in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. So, let’s not view it just as a long ago idyll, but also as a still to come possibility.

May your lives, at least, have less noise and more green (unless you prefer the contrary).

‘By some curious chance one morning long ago in the quiet of the world, when there was less noise and more green…’

Source: JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit (London: HarperCollins, 1995), p. 5

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