A Nice Citizen
He will have to learn, I know,
that most men are generally not just,
all guys are not true.
But teach him also that
for every scoundrel there is a main character;
that for every self-centered Politician,
there is a dedicated leaderвЂ¦
Teach him for every opponent there is a friend,
Steer him faraway from envy,
if you can,
teach him the secret of
Let him master early that
the bullies would be the easiest to lickвЂ¦
Teach him, if you can,
the wonder of booksвЂ¦
But as well give him peace and quiet
to ponder the eternal mystery of chickens in the sky,
bees in the sunshine,
as well as the flowers over a green hillside.
Inside the school teach him
it is far honourable to fail
than to cheatвЂ¦
Educate him to have faith
in his personal ideas,
even if everyone tells him
they are wrongвЂ¦
Teach him to be mild
with gentle people,
and tough together with the tough.
Try to offer my child
the strength not to the actual crowd
when everyone is getting on the band wagonвЂ¦
Teach him to hear all menвЂ¦
but teach him also to filter
all this individual hears over a screen of truth,
and consider only the very good
that comes through.
Teach him if you can,
how to giggle when he is sadвЂ¦
Teach him there is no waste in holes,
Train him to scoff at cynics
and to watch out for too much sweetnessвЂ¦
Train him to trade his brawn
and brain to the highest customers
nevertheless never to put a price-tag
on his heart and soul.
Teach him to close his ears
to a howling mob
and to stand and battle
if perhaps he considers he's correct.
Treat him softly,
nevertheless do not cuddle him,
because only quality
of fire makes good steel.
Let him have the courage
to be impatientвЂ¦
let him have the patience to be courageous.
Educate him always
to acquire sublime beliefs in himself,
because then he will have
sublime faith in mankind.
This is a large order,
but find what you may doвЂ¦
He is such a fine very little fellow,