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Old November 20 2012, 05:57 AM   #1
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The Agnostic Prayer

I am an agnostic. I came from a strongly religious background. While other kids had posters of sport stars, musicians and actors on their bedroom walls, My parents only allowed for religious imagery and verses on the wall of my bedroom. That is how religiously i was raised.

Many Agnostic and Atheist did come from religious background just like me and have left that all behind.

I remember praying when i was young and i was wondering what could be a good agnostic prayer. We agnostic still believe in a higher force but reject organized religion. After searching for a long time, I came across the Poem if by Rudyard Kipling.

The poem gives me strength now. If the agnostic and atheist folks got any poems, could you please post it here.

If by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;


If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:


If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;


If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:


If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;


If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’


If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;


If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

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