The Desiderata

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    Apr 18, 2011 2:08 AM GMT
    The Desiderata came to mind as I was posting to a thread a few minutes ago.. and I thought it quite possible that some of the younger guys on RJ might not have read it. It was VERY popular in the late 1960's with literally
    millions of copies being sold on antique looking parchment paper and adorning the walls of many college dorms and communes.

    The text, largely unknown in the author's lifetime, came to the attention of the public first for its usage in a church hymnal which dated it, mistakenly, to the 17th century, then for its being found on the bedside table of Adlai Stevenson upon his death in 1965, and then Les Crane's spoken-word recording in 1971 and 1972. The poem was actually written in 1927.

    Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
    and remember what peace there may be in silence.

    As far as possible without surrender
    be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
    and listen to others,
    even the dull and the ignorant;
    they too have their story.
    Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
    they are vexations to the spirit.

    If you compare yourself with others,
    you may become vain or bitter;
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
    Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
    it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
    Exercise caution in your business affairs;
    for the world is full of trickery.
    But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
    many persons strive for high ideals;
    and everywhere life is full of heroism.

    Be yourself.
    Especially, do not feign affection.
    Neither be cynical about love;
    for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
    it is as perennial as the grass.

    Take kindly the counsel of the years,
    gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
    But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
    Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

    Beyond a wholesome discipline,
    be gentle with yourself.
    You are a child of the universe,
    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you,
    no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore be at peace with God,
    whatever you conceive Him to be,
    and whatever your labors and aspirations,
    in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
    it is still a beautiful world.
    Be cheerful.
    Strive to be happy.

    Author: Max Ehrmann (1872-1945)
  • tony_boost

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    Apr 18, 2011 2:40 AM GMT
    really beautiful, something everyone can relate too
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    Apr 18, 2011 2:57 AM GMT
    Also something that might help a few guys on RJ, too. Glad you liked it!!
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    Apr 18, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    Wow, that is such a beautiful poem. Its amazing how it can translate into our time as well.
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    Apr 18, 2011 3:20 AM GMT
    Wow that was so inspirational! Great post!! A++!!!! Omega even!!
  • Jayjames

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    Apr 18, 2011 3:31 AM GMT
    I used to read this only a daily basis when I was going through a hard time in my life......

    The words helped me alot and it's a poem I have passed onto others in time of need
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    Apr 18, 2011 3:32 AM GMT
    Thank you so much for posting. More people should read it. Where is the rep or like button when you need it?!?!?!?!?!
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    Apr 18, 2011 3:32 AM GMT
    I found out about that poem after reading about the sunscreen song (Everybody's Free) on Wikipedia. It's so good
  • acousticpunk

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    Apr 18, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    Eloquent and enlightened. I'm keeping this.
  • LEANDRO_NJ

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    Apr 18, 2011 3:47 AM GMT
    I love philosophical writings and mistical poems with a positive message! an art I am afraid the younger generation seem to have no interest for nor a natural talent to have like the great writers and poets of the past!


    Leandro ♥
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    Apr 18, 2011 3:57 AM GMT
    LEANDRO_NJ saidI love philosophical writings and mistical poems with a positive message! an art I am afraid the younger generation seem to have no interest for nor a natural talent to have like the great writers and poets of the past!
    Leandro ♥


    Great words...and great writing knows no time. Once spoken or written it is ours to enjoy for eternity and will always have a place in our universe..
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    Apr 18, 2011 8:00 AM GMT
    loved it... just finished watching "the human experience", balling my eyes out and now this icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 18, 2011 10:21 AM GMT
    This is my favorite piece of prose. I've had it it memorized for about a year now. I also have wanted a tattoo since I was about 14, but could never decide on what to do.

    I'm waiting until next year, but the plan is to get "Desiderata" across the chest with "Go placidly … in silence" underneath it. I've heard that tattoos are addicting, so I wanted to do something with deep, personal meaning that I could continue to work on. Desiderata is amazing, but can be taken in pieces, so that's the plan. Different parts on different body parts commemorating different life events. I'm excited. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 18, 2011 12:58 PM GMT
    Gosh, I haven't heard or read of this for a couple decades. Nice to see it again!
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    Apr 18, 2011 1:17 PM GMT
    FierceEyes saidThis is my favorite piece of prose. I've had it it memorized for about a year now. I also have wanted a tattoo since I was about 14, but could never decide on what to do.

    I'm waiting until next year, but the plan is to get "Desiderata" across the chest with "Go placidly … in silence" underneath it. I've heard that tattoos are addicting, so I wanted to do something that meant something deeply to me, but that I could continue to work on. Desiderata is amazing, but can be taken in pieces, so that's the plan. Different parts on different body parts commemorating different life events. I'm excited. icon_smile.gif


    That sounds like a very cool idea...just short phrases placed in various spots.
    The only thing I would worry about is finding a GREAT artist who can do letters that will remain legible for life. Not all tattoo artists can do that.
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    Apr 18, 2011 1:22 PM GMT
    Sorry, too good to pass up!

    Go placidly
    Amid the noise and waste.
    And remember what comfort there may be
    In owning a piece thereof.

    Avoid quiet and passive persons
    Unless you are in need of sleep.

    Rotate your tires.

    Speak glowingly of those greater than yourself
    And heed well their advice,
    Even though they be turkeys.

    Know what to kiss.....and when!

    Consider that two wrongs never make a right
    But that THREE.........do.

    Wherever possible, put people on hold.

    Be comforted that in the face of all aridity and disillusionment
    And despite the changing fortunes of time,
    There is always a big future in computer maintenance.

    Chorus

    You are a fluke
    Of the universe.
    You have no right to be here.
    And whether you can hear it or not
    The universe is laughing behind your back.

    Remember the Pueblo.

    Strive at all times to bend, fold, spindle and mu-ti-late.

    Know yourself.
    If you need help, call the FBI.

    Exercise caution in your daily affairs,
    Especially with those persons closest to you.
    That lemon on your left, for instance.

    Be assured that a walk through the ocean of most souls
    Would scarcely get your feet wet.

    Fall not in love therefore;
    It will stick to your face.

    Gracefully surrender the things of youth:
    The birds, clean air, tuna, Taiwan
    And let not the sands of time
    Get in your lunch.

    Hire people with hooks.

    For a good time call 606-4311;
    Ask for "Ken."

    Take heart amid the deepening gloom
    That your dog is finally getting enough cheese.

    And reflect that whatever misfortune may be your lot
    It could only be worse in Milwaukee.

    Chorus

    You are a fluke
    Of the universe.
    You have no right to be here.
    And whether you can hear it or not
    The universe is laughing behind your back.

    Therefore, make peace with your god
    Whatever you conceive him to be---
    Hairy thunderer, or cosmic muffin.

    With all its hopes, dreams, promises and urban renewal
    The world continues to deteriorate.
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    Apr 18, 2011 9:39 PM GMT
    http://youtu.be/HDHoflDhAOo
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    Apr 18, 2011 9:51 PM GMT
    Who knew? Darth Vader recites The Desiderata....icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

    I think I like this one better:

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    Apr 18, 2011 9:55 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]Friendsrbetter said[/cite]
    You are a child of the universe,
    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.

    Arrow shirt model dude.......if you only knew how many times I have repeated these three lines to myself over the past thirty years......

    Thank you for posting......icon_wink.gif
  • drypin

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    Apr 18, 2011 10:02 PM GMT
    Lovely!
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    Apr 18, 2011 10:28 PM GMT
    thanks for posting this..
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    Apr 18, 2011 11:18 PM GMT
    drypin saidLovely!


    Coming from you means a lot to me.... it really does. I have something I have wanted to tell you for a while now, but not sure if my message would get through.
  • carew28

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    Apr 19, 2011 12:13 AM GMT
    A great poem with a timeless message.
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    Apr 19, 2011 12:21 AM GMT
    I've never seen this before. It is very beautiful. I've copied it to read it more often.

    Thank you for posting.
  • tongun18

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    Apr 19, 2011 12:34 AM GMT
    Great post! I've never read this poem before so thanks for sharing, this is going on my list of favorites. It's not too dissimilar from "If" by Kipling or "Invictus" by Henley.