“The Answer”   Then what is the answer?- Not to be deluded by dreams.  To know that great civilizations have broken down into violence,  and their tyrants come, many times before.  When open violence appears, to avoid it with honor or choose  the least ugly faction; these evils are essential.  To keep one's own integrity, be merciful and uncorrupted  and not wish for evil; and not be duped  By dreams of universal justice or happiness. These dreams will  not be fulfilled.  To know this, and know that however ugly the parts appear  the whole remains beautiful. A severed hand  Is an ugly thing and man dissevered from the earth and stars  and his history... for contemplation or in fact...  Often appears atrociously ugly. Integrity is wholeness,  the greatest beauty is  Organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty  of the universe. Love that, not man  Apart from that, or else you will share man's pitiful confusions,  or drown in despair when his days darken.    Robinson Jeffers   (published 1938)

“The Answer”

Then what is the answer?- Not to be deluded by dreams. 
To know that great civilizations have broken down into violence, 
and their tyrants come, many times before. 
When open violence appears, to avoid it with honor or choose 
the least ugly faction; these evils are essential. 
To keep one's own integrity, be merciful and uncorrupted 
and not wish for evil; and not be duped 
By dreams of universal justice or happiness. These dreams will 
not be fulfilled. 
To know this, and know that however ugly the parts appear 
the whole remains beautiful. A severed hand 
Is an ugly thing and man dissevered from the earth and stars 
and his history... for contemplation or in fact... 
Often appears atrociously ugly. Integrity is wholeness, 
the greatest beauty is 
Organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty 
of the universe. Love that, not man 
Apart from that, or else you will share man's pitiful confusions, 
or drown in despair when his days darken. 

Robinson Jeffers

(published 1938)