Thursday, July 12, 2012

Are we there yet?

Everything I read and hear seems to leave the impression we're teetering on the brink. The Patriots of Twitter are beside themselves, newsletters are full of it, every corner of the world is melting down. It's natural to wonder, "Are we there yet?"

It's as if people everywhere sense something foreboding ahead, a wall, a cliff, a chasm... an ending. How much is The Age and how much is just age? It seems to fight just to fight is to lose before you start, but to do nothing when you should've done something...?

I wonder, do you think the Founding Fathers felt "smart" or up to it, at least while they were going through it? They went back and forth across the ocean, trying for years to come to a peaceful solution. Sometimes, there's just nothing else left but the choice you wanted least to make.

Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

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