Wednesday Kipling

You have to ignore where the person came from if they are talking truth. A fool says “aye, but he were ain’t like that as a kid.” That is immaterial.

Besides, sometimes the only soldiers for the truth are the fanatics and the autists.

Prophets at Home
“Hal O’ the Draft”–Puck of Pook’s Hill

Prophets have honour all over the Earth,
Except in the village where they were born,
Where such as knew them boys from birth
Nature-ally hold ’em in scorn.
When Prophets are naughty and young and vain,
They make a won’erful grievance of it;
(You can see by their writings how they complain),
But 0, ’tis won’erful good for the Prophet!

There’s nothing Nineveh Town can give
(Nor being swallowed by whales between),
Makes up for the place where a man’s folk live,
Which don’t care nothing what he has been.
He might ha’ been that, or he might ha’ been this,
But they love and they hate him for what he is.

Rudyard Kipling

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Will S.
4 months ago

But they love and they hate him for what he is.

Just like what he said in ‘The Stranger’:

The men of my own stock,

They may do ill or well,

But they tell the lies I am wanted to,

They are used to the lies I tell;

And we do not need interpreters

When we go to buy or sell.

The men of my own stock,

Bitter bad they may be,

But, at least, they hear the things I hear,

And see the things I see;

And whatever I think of them and their likes

They think of the likes of me.