"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Ah, If Only...

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5 comments:

  1. Easy to spot that this was written in another time: the asexual girly boys turfed out by the education system (public and private) couldn't even read the poem, let alone aspire to the virtues contained therein.

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  2. Sadly true, Harry. Kipling isn't taught in English schools - except as an example of the worst aspects of imperialism and colonialism. History is being revised and re-written in front of our eyes, yet we do nothing.

    Poor old Kipling, even his poetry is held up as an example of childish jingoism.

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  3. Captain HaddockSeptember 01, 2010

    Ahhh .. Kipling ..


    http://www.kipling.org.uk/poems_soldiersailor.htm

    It is with great pride that I submit this offering .. I was fortunate enough to have been a member of that elite Brotherhood ..

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  4. I think you've posted, and I've commented, on this before, CE.

    They don't like to think of people like Kipling any more - they even tried to take away Churchill's cigar, for pity's sake, but they will never succeed - we will always pass on the message to our young ones.

    Gandhi said something along the lines of: It doesn't matter how many believe a lie, it doesn't make it the truth. It doesn't matter how many oppose a truth, it remains the truth and not the lie they would like it to be.

    Power to you, sir! Moral rearmament now!

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  5. Yes, I have, Opsimath. I was just in that sort of mood and thought it fitted quite well with the previous posts.

    I like the quote from Gandhi very much - it's something worth remembering the next time I hear a politican lie.

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