martin firrell

i want to live in a city where...

july 2006

national gallery london

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I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE SECURITY IS NOT CONFUSED WITH LIBERTY

I WANT TO TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE NO ONE HAS TO BE AFRAID OF STANDING OUT

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE IMMIGRATION IS SEEN AS A NEW SOURCE OF STRENGTH

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE GENTLENESS IS NEVER MISTAKEN FOR WEAKNESS

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE EVERYONE'S ODDITY FINDS HAPPY EXPRESSION

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE A LOUD VOICE IS NEVER MISTAKEN FOR CHARISMA

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE INTELLIGENCE IS DUTY BOUND TO DISOBEY FOOLISHNESS

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE THOUGHT OUT-RANKS TALK

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE PEOPLE WHO THINK DIFFERENTLY COMMAND RESPECT

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE HALF THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE ARE WOMEN

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE CONTROL IS NOT MISTAKEN FOR STRENGTH

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE FAITH AND NON-BELIEF ARE RESPECTED EQUALLY

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE HAPPINESS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN SHOPPING

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE IDENTITY CARDS ARE NOT COMPULSORY

I WANT TO TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE THE WATER MAINS ARE WATERTIGHT

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE THE RIGH HAVE TO OBEY THE LAW AS MUCH AS THE POOR

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE NO ONE IS SENT TO WAR

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE FEAR HAS NO PLACE AND NO POWER

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE NO ONE CAN BE HELD WITHOUT TRIAL

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE THERE ARE NO SECRET PAPERS OR SECRET SERVICES

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY THAT HAS NO PART IN TORTURE

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE PEOPLE WHO MAKE THE RULES HAVE TO LIVE BY THEM

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE VIOLENCE NEVER WORKS

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE CORRUPTION LEADS TO IMPRISONMENT NOT PAY RISES

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE CHILDREN ARE EDUCATED NOT TAUGHT TO PASS TESTS

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE MEN ARE RENDERED HARMLESS

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE THE MAYOR CAN'T BE SUSPENDED BY A QUANGO

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE DISSENT IS WELCOMED AS MUCH AS IT'S DISLIKED

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE LEAST GOVERNMENT IS THOUGHT BEST

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE ART IS FOR EVERYONE

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE GOD IS PRESENT IN ALL HER FORMS

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE CONSCIENCE IS THE HIGHEST AUTHORITY

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE THE RIGHT TO PROTEST IS INALIENABLE

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE THE ADVICE OF THE ELDERLY IS ASKED FOR AND ACTED ON

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE MOTHERS ARE REGARDED AS HEROES

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE BUSINESS IS THE MEANS NOT THE END

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE ALL OUR LIVES ARE PROPERLY REGARDED AS PRICELESS