The Baystate Objectivist

The Baystate Objectivist

Sunday, August 19, 2007

IF

Hey gang,

I'm so busy living my life I have no time to write about it! Too bad, because I'm having interesting adventures. I'll try to make amends this week with some long posts. In the meantime, here is that great Rudyard Kipling poem IF for you to contemplate. It is usually read by young people, who certainly can benefit by doing so, but the poem is often dismissed as "impractical" and "naive" by older folks. Those are the sort of things people say when they've sold out their best self.

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 impostors 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 worn-out 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 breathe 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!


Jimmy Justice is a delightfully obnoxious New Yorker who follows the cops around to catch them doing wrong things. This is citizen watchdog journalism at its finest - and funniest.

1 comment:

Tim said...

Tom,

Wow, he's super annoying man, but I'm a cop so its hard to be impartial. She got caught. No doubt about it. Never, ever argue with somebody if you f'ed up though, and your on film. I guess being a woman she could have shaken him by finding the closest ladies room. That way, even if he's outside yelling, you charge him with sexual harrassment! I'm always thinking two steps ahead in those situations.