Thursday, 16 April 2015

400th Web-Log

To mark the fourth-hundreth instalment of the investment-auto-motives weblog, an oft referred, very clichéd, yet still wholly worthy piece of late 19th century poetry by Rudyard Kipling.

Very much of its time, and akin to the pioneering belief systems of Ralph Waldo Emerson (who hailed Henry Ford), it depicts a very Nietzschean spirit of self-worth - and “will to power” - for the betterment of self, and society at large.

Decades later on film, this all too human instinctual, natural need for self-autonomy is perhaps best illustrated by the young central character of François Truffaut's “Quatre Cents Coups” (“400 Blows”).


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!

Dedicated to my truly noble father who retained good conscience and never sold his soul, and as such truly 'stood alone'.