Everyone says that my way of life is the way of a simpleton.
Being largely the way of simpleton is what makes it worth while.
If it were not the way of a simpleton
I would long ago have been worthless,
These possessions of a simpleton being the three I choose and cherish:
To be fair,
To be humble.
When a man cares he is unafraid.
When he is fair he leaves enough for others,
When he is humble he can grow;
Whereas if, like men of today, he be bold without caring,
Self-indulgent without sharing,
Self-important without shame,
He is dead.
The invincible shield
Is a weapon from the sky
Against being dead.