“The Stranger” – A Poem by Rudyard Kipling

The Stranger within my gate,
He may be true or kind,
But he does not talk my talk–
I cannot feel his mind.
I see the face and the eyes and the mouth,
But not the soul behind.

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 Stranger within my gates,
He may be evil or good,
But I cannot tell what powers control–
What reasons sway his mood;
Nor when the Gods of his far-off land
Shall repossess his blood.

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.

This was my father’s belief
And this is also mine:
Let the corn be all one sheaf–
And the grapes be all one vine,
Ere our children’s teeth are set on edge
By bitter bread and wine.

State of Mind

I believe that I and others are conditioned to think in a certain way that is never talked about in North America. From an early age to the present time, the omnipresence in our schools and on the internet and on the TV of the promotion of the party line is an ocean that one can drown in. The goal is to condition us to have metaphorical handicaps on our minds within a very rigid mindset. We are basically taught about we can think about and what we cannot and how we should and shouldn’t think about those things. Seemingly, all individuals in North America want to get you, the individual, to think in a certain way. Their way. However, the status quo in North America is politically correct, one that is precisely opposite to abstract thought. All of the great minds of our ancestors and history have created such things like the automobile, toaster, or airplane in a sheer and pure state of abstract thought. Those minds were the peak form of abstract and free thought.

North Americans are involved in a vicious war of the mind. I find that my battle isn’t so much thinking about ground-breaking things and things that would progress our society, but rather mentally fighting simply for the right to do so. We in north America, I believe, are engaged in a war of the mind where in which our goal is simply to have the freedom to think in a free and abstract way, let alone to think about material progression and how we can progress our lives and our nation and our people and our purpose.  We’re not even at that stage yet, because as we all know, first we must be born and enveloped in a mindset of abstract and independent and enlightened and free thought to make any progress whatsoever.