I had a wonderful 9th grade English teacher. He taught Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If’ as something really over the top, full of self-satisfaction, lacking nuance. Until 2020 I agreed. The poem’s premise seemed totally outlandish–until now. Kipling won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907. Did he have a time capsule for 2020?
“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…