December 23rd, 2001

dream, thoughtful, quiet

Meditations for the Modern Age [1]

I might put other posts under this subject, but the reason I call it this...well, just read the poem...

The Unknown Citizen
By W. H. Auden

(To JS/07/M/378
This Marble Monument
Is Erected by the State)


He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be
One against whom there was no official complaint,
And all the reports on his conduct agree
That, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was a saint,
For in everything he did he served the Greater Community.
Except for the War till the day he retired
He worked in a factory and never got fired,
But satisfied his employers, Fudge Motors Inc.
Yet he wasn't a scab or odd in his views,
For his Union reports that he paid his dues,
(Our report on his Union shows it was sound)
And our Social Psychology workers found
That he was popular with his mates and liked a drink.
The Press are convinced that he bought a paper every day
And that his reactions to advertisements were normal in every way.
Policies taken out in his name prove that he was fully insured,
And his Health-card shows he was once in hospital but left it cured.
Both Producers Research and High-Grade Living declare
He was fully sensible to the advantages of the Instalment Plan
And had everything necessary to the Modern Man,
A phonograph, a radio, a car and a frigidaire.
Our researchers into Public Opinion are content
That he held the proper opinions for he time of year;
When there was peace, he was for peace; when there was war, he went.
He was married and added five children to the population,
Which our Eugenist says was the right number for a parent of his generation.
And our teachers report that he never interfered with their education.
Was he free? Was he happy? The question is absurd:
Had anything been wrong, we should certainly have heard.
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Okay so I was bored...

but the result was so funny I had to share.

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You know all and see all, but that doesn't prevent you from having a child-like innocence and a playful sense of humor. You obviously think very highly of yourself, but that's okay, everyone does. Told ya God was a woman!!
Take The "Which Kevin Smith Female Are You?" Quiz!!
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Just confirming what I knew all along. ;)
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Whoa, carpet...

I've been cleaning my room. I've scraped away the trash and debris, and discovered I had carpet. Of a blue-gray shade. With Britney's hair all over the place. Oh well, can't have everything.

I want to buy into the benevolent
And I was hoping for a miracle to hold me, wash me
Make me know what it's about
As the longing in me makes me want to sing

--Blues Traveller, Christmas

Anyway, I'd better go to bed now. Haven't decided whether this was a good day or a bad day yet. yushion, I got your card, thanks. :)

Hopefully tomorrow isn't so ambivalent.

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    Blues Traveller - Christmas