June 28, 2012

To Watch the World Burn

"Some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world´╗┐ burn."

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

-- Kipling- 'The Gods of the Copybook Headings'

Posted by gerardvanderleun at June 28, 2012 8:21 AM
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My schoolteachers were dismissive of Kipling. Too didactic for great poetry, they said. I still read Kipling.

JWM

Posted by: jwm at June 28, 2012 3:33 PM

My schoolteachers were dismissive of Kipling. Too didactic for great poetry, they said. I still read Kipling. JWM

Posted by: Rickwic at November 11, 2012 7:19 PM