A Journal for Western Man




On Happiness in Value

G. Stolyarov II

Issue VI- September 27, 2002


The beast, for fuller stomach prowling,
Without intent devouring prey,
Against its herdís transgressors growling,
Does on unthinking levels stay.

It does pursue its basic needs,
Yet naught in conscience does it want;
Upon fly-ridden carcass feeds;
No artificial tool can vaunt.

It did its motions, fangs, and claws
Inherit from decrepit wilderness.
It knows not Natureís structured laws
And cannot mend its primitive duress.

It acts, by mere stale impulse driven,
In circumstances by its program undescribed.
But morsels of the truth it has been given,
Naught by experience prescribed.

It perishes, ignominiously rotting.
It held no reason to prevent
With anything but aimless trotting
A grim, oblivious descent.

But in manís mind no barrierís standing.
He learns from life, perceives reality,
By structured knowledge elements commanding,
From facts discovering morality.

Man strives to live with conscious reason.
What beasts cannot assure he amplifies,
His resource management most prudent,
His profits soaring in their size.

Tomorrow is for him decided--
Not blind subsistence like the rest,
Not horns in null stalemate collided,
But for intelligence a test.

How great a plenty can he furnish,
How much convenience design,
How many  crags to planes can burnish,
What tasks to burdened beasts assign?

íTis all his, by intent and right,
His life (and naught beside it is his goal)
Never monotonous and trite,
But nourished by insightful soul.

He laughs, and not from arbitrary revel,
But from grand progress, joy defining.
Never should he his life dishevel
Thinking that valueís happiness confining.

Pleasureís inseparable from merit.
Leisure from labor canít be torn.
Man canít prosperity inherit;
To stall is to have life forsworn.

Not altruistic self-surrender,
Not feeling-driven wanton whim,
Only strict reason can yield splendor
And stretch the cup of pleasuresí brim.

G. 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 Editor-in-Chief of 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 gennadystolyarovii@yahoo.com.

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Read Mr. Stolyarov's new comprehensive treatise, A Rational Cosmology, explicating such terms as the universe, matter, space, time, sound, light, life, consciousness, and volition, at http://www.geocities.com/rational_argumentator/rc.html.