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« on: June 23, 2020, 09:56:27 PM »

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Man Was Made To Mourn - Robert Burns
http://www.robertburns.org/works/55.shtml

When chill November's surly blast
Made fields and forests bare,
One ev'ning, as I wander'd forth
Along the banks of Ayr,
I spied a man, whose aged step
Seem'd weary, worn with care;
His face furrow'd o'er with years,
And hoary was his hair.

"Young stranger, whither wand'rest thou?"
Began the rev'rend sage;
"Does thirst of wealth thy step constrain,
Or youthful pleasure's rage?
Or haply, prest with cares and woes,
Too soon thou hast began
To wander forth, with me to mourn
The miseries of man.

"The sun that overhangs yon moors,
Out-spreading far and wide,
Where hundreds labour to support
A haughty lordling's pride;-
I've seen yon weary winter-sun
Twice forty times return;
And ev'ry time has added proofs,
That man was made to mourn.

"O man! while in thy early years,
How prodigal of time!
Mis-spending all thy precious hours-
Thy glorious, youthful prime!
Alternate follies take the sway;
Licentious passions burn;
Which tenfold force gives Nature's law.
That man was made to mourn.

"Look not alone on youthful prime,
Or manhood's active might;
Man then is useful to his kind,
Supported in his right:
But see him on the edge of life,
With cares and sorrows worn;
Then Age and Want-oh! ill-match'd pair-
Shew man was made to mourn.

"A few seem favourites of fate,
In pleasure's lap carest;
Yet, think not all the rich and great
Are likewise truly blest:
But oh! what crowds in ev'ry land,
All wretched and forlorn,
Thro' weary life this lesson learn,
That man was made to mourn.

"Many and sharp the num'rous ills
Inwoven with our frame!
More pointed still we make ourselves,
Regret, remorse, and shame!
And man, whose heav'n-erected face
The smiles of love adorn, -
Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn!


"See yonder poor, o'erlabour'd wight,
So abject, mean, and vile,
Who begs a brother of the earth
To give him leave to toil;
And see his lordly fellow-worm
The poor petition spurn,
Unmindful, tho' a weeping wife
And helpless offspring mourn.

"If I'm design'd yon lordling's slave,
By Nature's law design'd,
Why was an independent wish
E'er planted in my mind?
If not, why am I subject to
His cruelty, or scorn?
Or why has man the will and pow'r
To make his fellow mourn?


"Yet, let not this too much, my son,
Disturb thy youthful breast:
This partial view of human-kind
Is surely not the last!
The poor, oppressed, honest man
Had never, sure, been born,
Had there not been some recompense
To comfort those that mourn!

"O Death! the poor man's dearest friend,
The kindest and the best!
Welcome the hour my aged limbs
Are laid with thee at rest!
The great, the wealthy fear thy blow
From pomp and pleasure torn;
But, oh! a blest relief for those
That weary-laden mourn!"
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2020, 10:03:59 PM »

The music which inspired this thread:
John Williams, Itzhak Perlman - Schindler's List
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueWVV_GnRIA

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqVRcFQagtI
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"I watched Schindler's List twice in my life - once in the cinema with my school class (as a student, not as a teacher) - and the second time as an adult, because I wanted to make sure I could process the movie with the thoughts of an adult. When I watched it as a teen with my class, I felt ashamed afterwards - ashamed of being German. In the same month when we went to cinema to watch Schindler's List, maybe a week or two after we watched the movie, we got a visitor in school. His name was Alex Deutsch - he was a survivor of Auschwitz. He told us about it. I felt even more ashamed. Especially double so because my grandfather was a member of the Waffen SS. I asked Mr. Deutsch if I could shake his hand. I told him that I was sorry. He answered that it was his pleasure to shake my hand and that I had no reason to be sorry, because I wasn't even born when it all happened and had no part in it. I'm incredibly thankful to have been able to shake this mans hand. Years later, when I watched the movie for the second (and last time) I realized that it was up to me, up to us all who are adults today to make sure nothing like this could ever happen again. I made peace with myself. I made peace with my grandfather - even if he was part of that system, to me he was just my grandfather. And I loved him dearly and I'm not ashamed to admit that. I wouldn't try to find a reasoning for what he might have done in the war - IF he did something that goes beyond the duty of a normal soldier, then it is like it is and I'm not responsible for that. Because I wasn't even born at that time. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE anymore for what happened back then. But WE ARE RESPONSIBLE for what happens now. WE ARE RESPONSIBLE to make sure NO ONE EVER FORGETS ABOUT IT. We are allowed to live free from guilt - remembrance DOES NOT EQUAL guilt. It took me years to realize that. I do my very best every day to make sure it won't ever happen again. I can only hope that there are enough people left in Germany who think like me to make sure it never happens again. "
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2020, 03:54:57 PM »

Eartha Kitt - Mississippi Blues from Uncle Tom's cabin (Germany 1965):

https://youtu.be/mKxk89ptrjI
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