If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master,
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

~ Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Kipling is said to have written the poem ‘If’ with Dr Leander Starr Jameson in mind, who led about five-hundred of his countrymen in a failed raid against the Boers, in southern Africa. The ‘Jameson Raid’ was later considered a major factor in starting the Boer War (1899-1902).

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  1. SazzyLilSmartAzz

     /  July 31, 2012

    Thanks Digger!
    An inspirational poem by Kipling and one I could read at least a hundred times. Here are some links with a little more information on the Boer War and the reason I will not wear blood diamonds.



    • Thank you Saz for these interesting, yet disturbing articles. Blood diamonds indeed.

      About 20 years ago, I used to care for an old boy who lost his leg in the Boer war. I know he shouldn’t have been there and gone to war, but the pressure and lack of alternative media back then tricked these young lads to getting involved ‘to fight for their country’.

      He gradually used to open up to me each week about the horrors. I mean really horrors. I know all wars are horrific, but this was something unique. When he first began to tell me anecdotes, I thought he had just lost his marbles; but then I researched it and was able to relate at some level to what he had experienced. Well, reading about it and experiencing such bedlam of course are leagues apart, but I could see why it shattered his life. These chosen people have unadulterated evil running through their veins. The cruelty, the pain and suffering they have inflicted on humanity over thousands of years.

      Thank you for contributing.


  2. SazzyLilSmartAzz

     /  August 1, 2012

    It’s so sad to hear about your friend and I have no doubt he thought he was doing the right thing. Are things any different today? Here in America, recruiters go into high schools and brainwash children into going to Iraq and Afghanistan or whatever popular war they are fighting at any given moment; all in the name of God and country. If we’re not fighting to free our own country then we are fighting for regime change in another country. Oops – I mean to bring “democracy” to those countries. (Yeah, right)

    Several years ago, one recruiter was caught on tape telling a high school child that he wouldn’t be sent to Iraq because the war was over – which was a blatant lie.
    Below is Cindy Sheehan also known as the Peace Mom because she protested the war in Iraq at a time when it was popular. Her son Casey was not told he would be going to Iraq but he was sent there and that’s where he was killed. I saw her in Washington DC and protested against the Iraq War but no one listened; including Obama. So many have suffered and for who? Who benefits?
    So heartbreaking …

  3. SazzyLilSmartAzz

     /  August 1, 2012

    De Beers is a family of companies that dominate the diamond, diamond mining, diamond hops, diamond trading and industrial diamond manufacturing sectors. De Beers is active in every category of industrial diamond mining: open-pit, underground, large-scale alluvial,
    coastal and deep sea.[1] Mining takes place in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Canada.

    The company was founded by Cecil Rhodes, who was financed by Alfred Beit and Rothschild.[2] In 1927, Ernest Oppenheimer, a German Jewish immigrant to Britain who had earlier founded mining giant Anglo American plc with American financier J.P. Morgan,[3] managed to wrest control of the empire, building and consolidating the company’s global monopoly over the diamond industry until his retirement. During this time, he was involved in a number of controversies, including price fixing, antitrust behaviour and an allegation of not releasing industrial diamonds for the US war effort during World War II.[4][5]



    • Thanks Saz, typically a great contribution. Both comments. Yes we are all stooges for this evil force.

      Sad videos, but very important! Thank you once again.


  4. aj

     /  August 1, 2012

    Digger, readers might also want to add Hobson’s book The War in South Africa to their archives. See http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/blog/fester/boer-war-whom-are-we-fighting for an excerpt and a link.

  5. SazzyLilSmartAzz

     /  August 1, 2012

    Thank you aj. I appreciated the link. I’ve read it and save it.


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