Gods of the Copybook Headings

I use ballotpedia.org as my fact-checker.  Below is the beginning of a recent editorial from the website: 

Rudyard Kipling wrote his poem “The Gods of the Copybook Headings” in 1919, when the world lay shattered after the devastation of World War I.

In the 19th-century, British students had special books, called copybooks. At the top of each page a piece of age-old wisdom was printed. These extolled traditional virtues such as honesty and fair dealing. It was the job of the students to repeatedly write the copybook lines down the page in the hopes that this would impress the virtues into their minds.

The point Kipling makes in his poem is that no matter how hard people try to avoid certain truths, they are still true, and they will ultimately prevail. You can try shortcuts all you want (and haven’t we all, at times?) but shortcuts don’t get you where you really want to be.

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Gods of the Copybook Page

ref.   http://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/poems_copybook.htm

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