A Journal for Western Man
G. Stolyarov II
Issue III- September 8, 2002
Of what is refined and what is not,
Of what brings pride, does not humiliate,
Of what develops and does not spark hate,
Does not deter, does not disgust,
And penetrates beyond societyís thick outer crust,
Of what enjoyment, pleasure brings,
Acts as restraint for evil things,
Creates a wall beyond which there is only good,
Where people act as well as they all should.
There comes a time when man is challenged with a subtle test.
Those truly great must never conduct sinful rest .
They canít slack off, they mustnít swear,
Canít spit upon the world and say that they donít care.
They should not do what others do for which they have no taste,
Yet there is still a way to choose whatís right with haste.
Youíve only to read on. Youíve naught to lose and all to win.
And with that said, we ought to move ahead.
Let the enlightenment begin!
We need to free all man from dogmaís dreaded grip.
Off the progressive path we canít allow ourselves to slip,
Contrary to the thoughts of those promoting mankindís retardation,
The advocates of pop, the primitive abomination.
Compare a manís mind to a blade.
Would it be polished well by hobos off the streets?
In similar ways oneís intellect will fade
If it is dulled by monotone metallic beats.
Would you not search for masters to your instrument repair,
For music that would not your sight nor intellect impair?
A learned man, the scientist, will certainly explain
What experiments have proven and will prove
That Mozart forges dendrites in the brain
So information may from one place to another move.
And should the reader, as a man of wit,
Not facts and knowledge to his cause apply?
In a world of good, stagnation does not fit.
Develop and pop-culturism deny.
And that is when shall Bach come to your aid,
Surround your ears with musicís graceful flow.
Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and Bizet shall never fade.
From peopleís minds shall Haydn never go.
They are the geniuses of our race,
For they were able to such complex sounds compose.
Their music we must in our highest regards place,
Or does the popular, uncultured man propose
To make the queen of culture Britney Spears?
Do the uncultured even realize
That each decade the trend of past just disappears?
And in two-zero-ten,
If anyone remembers their ďstarsĒ then,
Then those theyíll certainly despise.
Encompassed will the masses be
By yet another transient fad.
Yet in the crown of artists, kings of history,
Shall Beethoven and Grieg eternally be clad.
And that is why true pleasure comes
Not from that, which passes with the days,
But in what all civilized manís heritage becomes.
Always the melody of truth and beauty plays,
One against which corrupted masses have no power.
The masses come and go, but great art stays.
So why enjoy the present hour
When through all time you can permit your soul to graze?
Of course, classical musicís not all pleasureís end.
Enlightened is the artist, writer, cultureís friend.
Iím confident that one who is refined will try
His interests in art to diversify
Until his brain grows so work will become easier than rest.
One who creates, whoís been enlightened, is by far the best.
Stolyarov II is a science fiction novelist, independent
filosofical essayist, poet, amateur mathematician,
composer, contributor to
Enter Stage Right,
Le Quebecois Libre, and the
Ludwig von Mises Institute,
Senior Writer for
The Liberal Institute, and
The Rational Argumentator, a
magazine championing the principles of reason, rights,
and progress. His newest science fiction novel is
Eden against the Colossus.
His latest non-fiction treatise is
A Rational Cosmology. Mr.
Stolyarov can be contacted at
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