Where the mind is without fear

Following is a poem by Rabindranath Tagore, which to me in the same class as “Invictus“, “Man in the arena“, “IF” or “Desiderata (Desired Things)”. (If you have not read those, check them out also). It is amazing how close does he it into ideals of “free society” and ideas like opensource. I love the part “Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit”.

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

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