TRUTH: ‘Tradition’ is ESSENTIAL to the Preservation of Society

TRUTH: ‘Tradition’ is ESSENTIAL to the Preservation of Society

I went to Rudyard Elementary in Rudyard, Michigan.  Both the town and school were named after Rudyard Kipling.  I never paid any attention to their namesake — until recently.  I wish I had done so long ago.  In trying to explain why, I have cited the majority of the Wiki Page on Kipling’s poem, The Gods of the Copybook Heading.  I did this to preserve the links in the Wiki listing, as they may be useful — especially to those who do not know the poem.  But I am going to add my own twist to the text of the poem, and I hope you’ll take time to read it.  Even if you know the poem, I think what I have done here may drive Kipling’s point home in a way you had not seen or fully understood before (but I beg your forgiveness if you are ahead of me on this as I do not mean to condescend).

The Gods of the Copybook Headings

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2 thoughts on “TRUTH: ‘Tradition’ is ESSENTIAL to the Preservation of Society

  1. A truly excellent annotation and commentary on both Kipling and the importance of Tradition itself.

    As you say… ” Tradition is how one generation hands down the wisdom and knowledge of the past to the next generation. It is the cement that binds the present with yesterday.”

    As Reagan said… : ” Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

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