Aes-y Listening 17

For episode 17 of Aes-y Listening, we did a reading of “If” by Rudyard Kipling.

Here is the full text of the poem:

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 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!
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Aes-y Listening Episodes 11-14

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.

We also have three more parts of the Tao Te Ching up: Episode 12 (37-45), Episode 13 (46-54), and Episode 14 (55-63).

You can also check out the Tao Te Ching playlist we’ve added to the channel.

Aes-y Listening Episodes 8-10

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.