You Don't Have To Feel Guilty! by Frank Pollard

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YOU DON'T HAVE TO FEEI GUILTY!
"UP-TIGHT' HAS BEEN A DESCRIPTION OF PEOPLE S FEELINGS
IN RECENT YEARS. IT MEANS THE SAME THING AS "TENSE" OR
ON EDGE. UP-TIGHT PEOPLE ARE UNDER STRESS. IF YOU ARE
UP-TIGHT, YOU LOSE YOUR itCOOL OR CALMNESS QUITE EASILY.
YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO "HANG LOOSE' AND ENJOY LIFE. ONE WIT
SAID: "AMERICA USED TO BE CALLED A MELTING POT, BUT NOW IT
HAS BECOME A PRESSURE COOKER.
WHAT CAUSES THE PRESSURE? WHENCE COMES THE UP-TIGHTNESS?
THERE ARE SEVERAL CAUSES: FEELINGS OF GUILTk NOT BfEING CERTAIN
ABOUT WHERE LIFE IS HEADED, AND LACK OF A SOLID FOUNDATION TO
BUILD LIFE UPONa
UP-TIGHT FOLKS ARE PRACTICAL ATHEISTS, OH, THEY
PROBABLY WOULD BE OFFENDED AT BEING CALLED "PRACTICAL
ATHEISTS," MANY EVEN GO TO CHURCH. YET, THE FACT IS, THEY
HAVE NO REAL GOD BUT THEMSELVES. THEIR CREED COULD BE STATED:
"I THINK I CAN, ALL BY MYSELF.1 THEIR PHILOSOPHY IS APTLY
PUT IN A POEM THAT HAS BECOME IMMORTAL, BECAUSE IT REFLECTS
THE BELIEF OF SO MANY IN THIS UP-TIGHT AGE. THE POEM:
"INVICTUS.'
OUT OF THE NIGHT THAT COVERS ME
BLACK AS A PIT FROM POLE TO POLE,
I THINK WHATEVER GODS MAY BE
FOR MY UNCONQUERABLE SOUL.
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IN THE FELL CLUTCH OF CIRCUMSTANCE
I HAVE NOT WINCED NOR CRIED ALOUD,
UNDER THE BLUDGEONINGS OF CHANCE
MY HEAD IS BLOODY, BUT UNBOWED.
BEYOND THIS VALE OF WRATH AND TEARS
LOOMS BUT THE HORROR OF THE SHADE.
YET, THE MENACE OF THE Y.ARS
FINDS AND SHALL FIND ME UNAFRAID.
IT MATTERS NOT HOW STRAIGHT THE GATE,
HOW CHARGED WITH PUNISHMENT THE SCROLLS.
I AM THE MASTER OF MY FATE,
I AM THE CAPTAIN OF MY SOUL.
Do YOU SEE HOW MUCH PRESSURE A POSITION LIKE THAT PLACES
ON A PERSON? To SAY: "I AM THE MASTER OF MY FATE, I AM THE
CAPTAIN OF MY SOUL" IS TO SAY, 'I AM MY GOD!" LIVE WITH THAT
FOR A WHILE AND YOU BECOME EXTREMELY UP-TIGHT BECAUSE THERE
WILL ALWAYS BE A GNAWING AWARENESS THAT YOU ARE NOT BIG
ENOUGH TO BE YOUR GOD. THAT S JUST NOT ENOUGH FOUNDATION TO
BUILD ANYTHING SUBSTANTIAL UPON. SOME OF ...


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