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Old 07.10.2008, 09:08
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Re: How Safe is UBS

Saw this in the Daily Mail on Friday and couldn't resist posting on this thread:

The Gods of the Copybook Headings, 1919
Rudyard Kipling


As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all

We were living in trees when they met us.
They showed us each in turn
That water would certainly wet us, as fire would certainly burn;
But we found them lacking in uplift, vision and breadth of mind,
So we left them to teach the gorillas
while we followed the march of mankind.

We moved as the spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place;
But they always caught up with our progress and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off it's ice field, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

With the hopes that our world is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was stilton, they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that wishes were horses; they denied that pigs had wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Place who promised these beautiful things.

When the Cambrian measures were forming, they promised perpetual peace,
They swore if we gave up our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed they sold us and delivered us bound to our foe
and the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "Stick to the devil you know".

On the first Feminian Sandstone we were promised the fuller life
(Which started by loving your neighbour and ended by loving his wife).
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the God of the Copybook Headings said: "The wages of sin is death":

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all
By robbing selected Peter
to pay for collective Paul;
But though we had plenty of money, there was nothing we could buy
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said :" ifyou don't work you die'

Then the Gods of the Marked tumbled,
and their smooth tongued wizards withdrew,
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe
it was true
That all is not gold that glitters, and two and two make four -
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man -
There are four things certain since social progress began:
That the dog returns to his vomit and the sow returns to her mire
And the burnt fool's bandaged finger goes wobbling back to the fire;

And after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for exisiting and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as water will wet us, as surely as fire will burn
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter will return.
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