The World is Against Me!

“The world is against me”, he said with a sigh.

“Somebody stops every scheme I try

The world has me down and is keeping me there. 

I don’t get a chance. Oh! The world is unfair!

When a fellow is poor, then he can’t get a show;

The world is determined to keep him down low.”
“What of Abe Lincoln?” I asked.

“Would you say, that he was much richer than you are today?

He hadn’t the chance of making his mark, 

And his outlook was exceedingly dark;

Yet he clung to his purpose with courage most grim… And got to the top…

Was the world against him?”
“What of Ben Franklin?” I’ve often heard it said,

That many a times he went hungry to bed. 

He started with nothing but courage to climb…

But patiently struggled and waited his time.

He dangled awhile from real poverty’s limb,

Yet he got to the top… Was the world against him?
“I could name a dozen, yes, hundreds, I guess,

Of poor boys, who’ve patiently climbed to success;

All boys who were down and who struggled alone,

Who’ve fought themselves rich, if fortune they’d known;

Yet they rose in the world you are so quick to condemn,

And, I’m asking you now, was the world against them?”

-Edgar A. Guest.


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  1. The lines of Edgar Albert Guest remind me of Longfellow’s, “Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
    Is our destined end or way;
    But to act, that each to-morrow
    Find us farther than to-day”. Thanks for the trip, Himanshi….🤗

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      1. Well, to be honest it was the first thing that popped in my head. When i first read the post, the vibe that i received was that of someone whom is fighting a battle of the pressures of the world. It seemed that they also complain about there situation a lot. It was just interesting to me. 🙂

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  2. It was very interesting and a was a good read. The world is not against anyone. We all have a share of the world to conquer. I always imagine that individually we came into this world because we each have a piece to call ours, write our name on it, duly signed, sealed and delivered, call it “mine”, it belongs to someone! But yet it takes courage, hard work, persevere, energy, and at the end of the hard work, one will grab what belongs to them! Not easy, not difficult, with time, it all come easy! Thank you for posting!

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  3. Thank your for asking me to write about it. It will surely come up in a post I have already started to write, but it will be posted in a few months from now since the writing will come up with something that is about to happen. Have a happy week!

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  4. yup I will not forget to do that. I seek this post and will post the link here, I will keep a not on the page that I am writing to remind me,. Thanks for asking me to share the link.

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