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    Quote Originally Posted by FineLine View Post
    IOW, for me the essay reads better as follows:

    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.

    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 and 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.
    This is absolutely magnificent. It's elegant. I have tears in my eyes. BRAVO!

    P.S. According to SW, INTJs are the most idealistic of the Rationals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zhash View Post
    This is absolutely magnificent. It's elegant. I have tears in my eyes. BRAVO!

    P.S. According to SW, INTJs are the most idealistic of the Rationals.
    Thanks for the feedback, Zhash. You're a sweetheart!

    I agree there's an idealistic streak in Ehrmann's prose poem. When the abstract portion is at the end (as in the original), it sounds kind of maudlin. But when you put it at the beginning to set up the rest of the poem, it helps bring out some strong idealistic thoughts in the rules-based portion.

    FL

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