A Nice Citizen Essay

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 leader…

Teach him for every opponent there is a friend,

Steer him faraway from envy,

if you can,

teach him the secret of

peaceful laughter.

Let him master early that

the bullies would be the easiest to lick…

Teach him, if you can,

the wonder of books…

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 cheat…

Educate him to have faith

in his personal ideas,

even if everyone tells him

they are wrong…

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 wagon…

Teach him to hear all men…

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 sad…

Teach him there is no waste in holes,

Train him to scoff at cynics

and to watch out for too much sweetness…

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 impatient…

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 do…

He is such a fine very little fellow,

my boy!