Advice to My Son by Peter Meinke: Essay

1273 WordsSep 17, 20086 Pages
One of the great paradoxes in life is trying to impart wisdom that you’ve garnered in your own life to others while letting them retain their own identity. I have found in my own life, as many others have found in theirs, that it can be difficult to learn vicariously through another person, rather than having to learn from your own life experiences. Still though, there is probably not a single person who would say that if they had the knowledge and wisdom that they currently have at a young age, would not do some things differently. As such, every parent faces the difficult conundrum of trying to pass down to their children that which they have learned in their life in a way that is both relevant and convincing but also allows for the fact…show more content…
He says that “in a desert, nectar saves” meaning that finding that beauty in life is what will make your days sweet, and in difficult times, can literally save you. But, he says, the reality is that you will need more than just temporary beauty. He says that you can’t survive purely on nectar (the sensual); you need more nutritious sustenance (the intellectual). So while you should marry a girl who is beautiful to you, you should also take the time to meet her mother. This way you will see how she is likely to turn out as you both grow older, her looks begin to fade and her personality continues to develop. In doing so you will make sure you have the kind of sustenance that will continue to enrich your life for years to come, and not just in the present moment. After this he has two lines which seem disconnected from the stanza, but contain a powerful message. He says “speak truth to one man, work with another”. I believe he is emphasizing both having integrity and a strong work ethic. This is important, especially the part about integrity, because so much of this poem is focused on the the self. Attaining pleasure in the present, insuring security in the future. Alone, these goals may lead on to engage in actions that are not moral in order to succeed, so in this one line he says that one must always have integrity when dealing with those around him. Having a strong work ethic and employing the help of your fellow man is also

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