Feb. 10th, 2010 05:39 pm
lexlingua: (Contemplation)
Illegitimate son of the Duke of Normandy-- born during the Dark Ages-- known as The Bastard-- a redhead-- began his journey as a king at the age of 13-- married a dwarf named Matilda-- pulled England from the stranglehold of the Scandinavians (the Anglo-Saxons)-- 1st true "monarch" of England-- died obese, from a riding injury.

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lexlingua: (Contemplation)
Lincoln’s Letter to his Son’s Teacher

He will have to learn, I know,
that all men are not just, all men are not true.
But teach him also
that for every scoundrel there is a hero;
that for every selfish Politician, there is a dedicated leader…
Teach him for every enemy there is a friend,

Steer him away from envy,
if you can,
teach him the secret of quiet laughter.

Let him learn early that

the bullies are the easiest to lick…
Teach him, if you can, the wonder of books…
But also give him quiet time to ponder
the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun,
and the flowers on a green hillside.

In the school teach him

it is far honourable to fail than to cheat…
Teach him to have faith in his own ideas,
even if everyone tells him they are wrong…
Teach him to be gentle with gentle people,
and tough with the tough.

Try to give my son

the strength not to follow the crowd
when everyone is getting on the band wagon…
Teach him to listen to all men…
but teach him also
to filter all he hears on a screen of truth,
and take only the good that comes through.

Teach him if you can,

how to laugh when he is sad…
Teach him there is no shame in tears,
Teach him to scoff at cynics
and to beware of too much sweetness…
Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidders
but never to put a price-tag on his heart and soul.

Teach him to close his ears
to a howling mob and to stand
and fight if he thinks he’s right.
Treat him gently,
but do not cuddle him,
because only the test of fire makes fine steel.

Let him have the courage
to be impatient…
let him have the patience to be brave.
Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself,
because then he will have sublime faith in mankind.

This is a big order,

but see what you can do…
He is such a fine little fellow, my son!

~ Abraham Lincoln
lexlingua: (Macabre)
We use those harmless nursery rhymes to send our kids to sleep, and clap when they orate it correctly in school. But these innocent seeming pieces of poetry have hidden, salacious, violent and perverse meanings that you might not know or even suspect; they may not be the innocuous playroom banter that you thought they are.
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"Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed."
Charles Caleb Colton

-- epitaph carved on Central Secretariat Building in New Delhi, a taunt or inspiration?
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