Lawrence Auster is a traditionalist blogger and, agree or not with his ideology, a very clever man and extremely eloquent writer. He has recently been diagnosed with cancer and he may not survive. He has been very public about the whole issue, and seems in good spirits despite the terrible news. A sample of letters that he received, including one by me, show in how much he is esteemed by those who read him. Wish there was something to be done, but I’ll just post a poem by Yeats, a poet that he seems to love, and I do too.

The Four Ages of Man

He with body waged a fight,
But body won; it walks upright.

Then he struggled with the heart;
Innocence and peace depart.

Then he struggled with the mind;
His proud heart he left behind.

Now his wars on God begin;
At stroke of midnight God shall win.

(W.B Yeats)

However, I should add that he does not seem to be fighting God, but willfully accepting his destiny such as it is. And then again, some people have survived cancer, and some healthy people have died unexpectedly, so, we never know. May we all be able to use our short time down here more wisely now than ever.

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