Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Continues To Ring...

This keeps getting re-posted because it is so precise in it's characterization of mankind. The modern West is an anomaly to human history. It allows for a kind of virtues and morals that are dependent solely on an enormous nanny-welfare state, in which every action, re-action and consequence is moderated and micro-managed so as to marginalize human capasity and human nature.

But again, it's an unsustainable anomaly. It is already crumbling. In fact its demise seems to be hastening by the day now.

And when it finally collapses under its own hubris and animosity towards history, the following will ring all the more true and relevant in the aftermath and in the pursuit of survival for future generations.

The Stranger within my gate,
He may be true or kind,
But he does not talk my talk --
I cannot feel his mind.
I see the face and the eyes and the mouth,
But not the soul behind.

The men of my own stock
They may do ill or well,
But they tell the lies I am wonted to.
They are used to the lies I tell,
And we do not need interpreters
When we go to buy and sell.

The Stranger within my gates,
He may be evil or good,
But I cannot tell what powers control
What reasons sway his mood;
Nor when the Gods of his far-off land
Shall repossess his blood.

The men of my own stock,
Bitter bad they may be,
But, at least, they hear the things I hear,
And see the things I see;
And whatever I think of them and their likes
They think of the likes of me.

This was my father's belief
And this is also mine:
Let the corn be all one sheaf --
And the grapes be all one vine,
Ere our children's teeth are set on edge
By bitter bread and wine.

-Rudyard Kipling