Some geek poetry

” . . . whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt your raid wipe is unfolding as it should.”

From Chris Hanel & Michael Owen at The Daily Blink (and no, most people reading this won’t understand what half of this is about, I already know that), May 18 2011, Blizzarata

Go placidly amid the trolls and rage,
And remember what peace there may be AFK.

As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with the blue posters.
Speak your concerns quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant,
they too have their story.
Avoid those who prove the Internet F#$%wad Theory,
they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare your guild with others,
you may become vain or bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser guilds than your own.

Enjoy your achievement points as well as your purples.
Keep interested in your own main toon, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of expansions.
Exercise caution in the Auction House;
for the listings are full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for low prices;
and everywhere your realms is full of those needing your flasks.

Take kindly the counsel of experience,
gracefully surrendering the role of the Noobcake.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in times of bad gear drops.
But do not distress with hatred for your guildmate’s off-spec.
Guild drama is born of jealousy and envy.

Beyond the confines of your computer desk,
be gentle with yourself.
We are only the inhabitants of a virtual world,
no less than the NPCs and enemies spawned;
it is the same MMO for every single one of us.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt your raid wipe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with WoW,
whatever you conceive the game to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of progression keep peace with your soul.

With all its balance, grinds, and imperfections,
it is still a beautiful game.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

-sigh- If Chris and Mike made a poster of that, I would probably buy it today. 🙂

And if you haven’t already followed the link to the original comic, here it is again — the hover text is as awesome as everything else on that page.

Blizzarata is based on Desiderata by Max Ehrmann. I’ll post the full text of that below as well.

But before then, one other poem from Chris Hanel & Michael Owen: Lament of an Ex-Mage, June 15 2011.

To all the Tanks I’ve known before,
the Prot, the Blood, the Feral,
for all the aggro that I’ve earned
to put my pugs in peril,

For all the CC I’ve misplaced
on trash and adds and spawns,
for all the maddened AOE
on bosses and their pawns,

For each and every time I’ve failed
and made your life the harder,
there’s only one left so say —
OH MY GOD.
I’M SO, SO SORRY.
I… I DIDN’T KNOW!

(Here is a fuller explanation of this lament . . . and even if you don’t play the game, it’s a great post on humility and looking at the past with different eyes after you get a new perspective. The full comic is worth checking out, the sobbing goblin is an especially nice touch.)

And now, to get to Desiderata. The full history is here at Wikipedia. I’ve seen it listed as by anonymous author, but it’s not. It’s by Max Ehrmann and was written . . . well, the Wikipedia entry doesn’t say when it was written, but since Ehrmann lived from 1872 until 1945, it was obviously written during that time.

Desiderata was published in 1959 by Reverend Kates of St. Paul’s Church in Maryland in a devotional; due to the devotional including the phrase “Old St. Paul’s Church Baltimore 1692” many people mistakenly thought the poem dated from 1692, was in the public domain, and had an unknown author. After some uses where royalties were paid to Ehrmann’s family, and some where royalties weren’t paid, it was ruled in a 1976 lawsuit that since authorization to publish it without a copyright notice had been given to a magazine in the 1940s, the poem was in the public domain.

Desiderata, by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

 

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