Quote of the day—Rudyard Kipling

THE BEGINNINGS

It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late
With long arrears to make good,
When the English began to hate.

They were not easily moved,
They were icy willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the English began to hate.

Their voices were even and low,
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show,
When the English began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd,
It was not taught by the State.
No man spoke it aloud,
When the English began to hate.

It was not suddenly bred,
It will not swiftly abate,
Through the chill years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the English began to hate.

Rudyard Kipling
From A Diversity of Creatures 1917.
[Via a comment from William Ashbless.

As quoted above appears to be the original version. It is also frequently seen in a modified form with the title THE WRATH OF THE AWAKENED SAXON and where “English” has been replaced by “Saxon”.

One could make the case, as Ashbless suggests, that the poem above describes recent and current events.—Joe]

6 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Rudyard Kipling

  1. Current events indeed. The Saxon began to hate.As this session of SCOTUS dropped all 2A cases. But we should feel comforted that they will be deciding a trans-whatever case.( Ya think short fat lesbians are over represented on the SCOTUS?).
    Kipling writes wonderful observations of human nature as it relates to society.. As in; We start by loving our neighbor. And end by loving his wife….. A master!

      • No, you have not. Sorry again Joe. I should have been more clear. As in we got passed over for a trans case.
        The 2A is such a no-brainer. You would think SCOTUS would want to just clear it up. Once and for all. But a-last, the suspense is not killing me, just pissing me off.

  2. “As this session of SCOTUS dropped all 2A cases. But we should feel comforted that they will be deciding a trans-whatever case.( Ya think short fat lesbians are over represented on the SCOTUS?).”

    This brings to mind the apocryphal? story of Nero fiddling as Rome burns. Seems there is nothing special about this poor collection of .gov employees. Typical slackers. They deserve no special consideration.

  3. There are currently 11 2A cases that are in conference today. This means SCOTUS is still looking at 2A cases.

    They have punted 1 case because it was mooted. The Justices took notice of the fact that the city and state of NY fought tooth and nail for their regulation/law and argued that it was “constitutional” right up to the moment that SCOTUS decided they wanted to hear the case. At which point the city and state of NY decided to change the law. Just ’cause. So the case was “Mooted”

    The other case they sent back as mooted was because it was a single person case and the state had actually put in place a method for people to have their 2A rights restored. Of course the process didn’t work for this person, until his case was headed for SCOTUS.

    SCOTUS is getting tired of people trying to steal cases from them when they fear the rulings of SCOTUS.

    Of the 11 cases currently being considered, some of them can’t be mooted. There is a case from NJ which would require them to totally change their gun laws if they were to attempt to moot the case. Just to big.

    My guess, and anybody that tries to predict what SCOTUS is going to do is just guessing in the dark, is that SCOTUS wants to combine some of these 11 cases. The argument in chambers is more about which cases to combine because, depending on which are combined, we get different rulings.

  4. “One could make the case, as Ashbless suggests, that the poem above describes recent and current events.”

    If by which you mean that the Romish left has been sowing conflict and chaos, then yes. I don’t believe they’d take Kipling’s poem as a warning though. More of a goal, I should think.

    Nor is hate, per se, to be seen as a virtue or a strength. “Hate of what, exactly, in favor of what, exactly, and why?” is always the pertinent question, and so it comes down to doctrine.

    But we are enjoined at all times and from all directions to ignore basic doctrine, or principle, or brush it aside as either a quaint anachronism or itself the very source and cause of the conflict.

    Thus the bully always blames his victim, and the victim, sufficiently traumatized, desperate enough for peace and to make sense out of nonsense, almost always succumbs to the ruse.

    A person in such a state of moral decay, having foolishly abandoned principle as being the cause of his problems when in fact it is his ababnomnent thereof that is his only problem, will then turn on his comrades and bretheren. Thus, having been sufficiently bullied, he will bully anyone who stands for right principles, blaming them for the turmoil and chaos. Neighbor turns on neighbor, thereby the bully’s victims will help to comple the job he started.

    This is the state of the world. It describes the Counter Reformation, which has been raging for centuries.

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