Tag: Rudyard Kipling

Quote of the Day: Following the Crowd

 

“The one that follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has never been.: — Albert Einstein

Being in the crowd is comfortable. It tends to be low risk. It is also usually low reward. But it seems like the safe choice. If you believe in safety, you tend to stay in the crowd. It is the zebra or gazelle that is outside the herd that gets hunted down, the bomber that falls out of the formation that gets swarmed by fighters.

Quote of the Day: Silencing the Opposition

 

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” – Harry S. Truman

We have seen that before, and never more spectacularly than in Truman’s lifetime. He observed the actions of three socialist governments — the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, and Fascist Italy — over the prime of his lifetime. All three became a source of terror to its citizens and created countries where everyone lives in fear. It was what Rudyard Kipling warned about in his poem The Old Issue a generation earlier. In it, his forecast of the king “under any name”:

Group Writing: Do You Believe in ‘If’ Anymore?

 

One of the reasons I like the occasional music posts on Ricochet is that I’ve spent most of my life quite disconnected from whatever was going on in the contemporary entertainment world, and the posts give me a window into what I might have missed (and whether or not I’m glad I did). Although we moved to the United States only a couple of months before The Beatles took the “Ed Sullivan Show” by storm, I never owned a Beatles album. And while The Rolling Stones were hot during my years at British boarding school, we weren’t allowed to listen to them; Mick Jagger’s hips and lips being (in the opinion of the good ladies running The Abbey School) a bridge too far, even for the radio.

Prior to that, my experience ran to the blue wind-up gramophone in Nigeria and the 78, 45, and 33RPM records we’d either brought with us from England or borrowed from the Officers’ Club, and programs such as Desert Island Discs on the BBC World Service. After that, with a few notable exceptions when I would, in a transgressive mood, listen to Jeff Christie on KQV, the most youth-oriented local AM station (he later resumed his birth name and achieved some measure of fame as Rush Limbaugh), I left the music scene to others, and largely ignored it myself.

Thus, in the ’60s and ’70s, what did manage to seep into my musical gestalt was mostly the stuff my mother listened to or played on the gramophone–a world largely comprised of male crooners and peppy young women singing cheerful and upbeat songs. Almost all of them were British, and you’ve probably heard of them rarely, if at all. Men like Val Doonican. Matt Munro (best known for the title song of the movie Born Free), Des O’Connor, Frankie Vaughan. Women like Alma Cogan, Cilla Black Clodagh Rodgers, and Sandie Shaw. (Sometimes, when Mum was in a jazz sort of mood, Johnny Dankworth and Cleo Laine.)

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Okay – it is my turn to provide today’s group writing. I had a really neat one planned, but reality grabbed me by the throat. It is the 25th and I have not even started it. So, let me use this as an escape. I used to post Rudyard Kipling’s poetry regularly until “improvements” made it […]

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So one thing I do is, I teach English. I’m teaching a boy Kipling’s Conundrum of the workshops this week. (Here are my old running notes, if you care for this sort of thing.) I wanted to play it for the boy to hear–he does not hear nearly enough of the King’s English, so to […]

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Last year, Ricochet. This year, the world. Folks, here’s my first series of essays for The imaginative conservative, the website-magazine of St. John’s college. The poet’s Philip Larkin & the poem’s Annus mirabilis. This was collected in a small volume called High windows, the title poem of which is strikingly similar, but too vulgar for polite society. […]

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When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace. They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease. But when we disarmed They sold us & delivered us bound to our foe & the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.” That’s […]

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