The third installment of Aes Libris is available. This one is the speech, “The Spirit of Liberty” by Judge Learned Hand.
The next video in our series, Aes Libris, is up! We read the poem “Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann. The full text:
“Go placidly amid the noise and the 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 to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or 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. 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 in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”
Our first Aes Libris video is the famous stoic Victorian poem, Invictus, by William Ernest Henley. The text:
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
One of our favorite architects that bridges the steampunk and modern eras is Frank Lloyd Wright. So for episode 19 of Aes-y Listening, we picked one of his short speeches from 1938.
In it he discusses the Floo Floo Bird and how its tendency to fly backward was similar to the attitude of architects. His advice, that designers should move forward with the materials they have rather than cling to what came before, underlies some of the building design we’ve used for Laton.
This is the last episode of Aes-y Listening. YouTube, sadly, dislikes puns in the names of series when it comes to searching. So for the next episode, we used a new name for the concept.
For episode 17 of Aes-y Listening, we did a reading of “If” by Rudyard Kipling.
Here is the full text of the poem:
More episodes of Aes-y Listening are up!
Episode 11: The Owning of Books – The joy of owning and reading books. A private library is a must for anyone in this day and age.
You can also check out the Tao Te Ching playlist we’ve added to the channel.
You want more Aes-y Listening? Because we’ve got more Aes-y Listening!
Episode 8: Twilight of the Idols – Foreword. A bit of a tone shift as we go from the Tao Te Ching (don’t worry, it’ll be finished) to Nietzsche!
Episode 9: Twilight of the Idols – Maxims and Arrows. Another introductory section to Nietzsche’s book.
Episode 10: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night. A short poem to celebrate the New Year of 2017. It’s already getting crazy out there. Add soem brass to your soul to power through.