The poet Dylan Thomas said “Do not go gentle into that good night” concerning his dying father. I don’t agree with this advice. If you’re with someone old like your father while they’re dying then of course they should go gently. What the hell is this “don’t go gently” crap? Do you want to see someone flailing around, kicking and screaming at the top of their lungs in terror as they die? Do you have the iPhone out held vertically so you can record this and post it to YouTube? What kind of sick bastard does that! No, if it’s a good night you go gently as possible into that mafucka. The key word in this sentence is “good.” If it’s a good night then go with it. If it’s good then that means the night is ready for you and it’s ready to accept you into it and you shouldn’t fight that. Now if it’s a bad night THEN that’s when you might want to put up some opposition. That’s when you should decide not to go gently into the night. Ultimately you don’t really have a choice either way so it doesn’t matter how you go out, the point is night time is coming and as the poet LeAnn Rimes once said “You can’t fight the moonlight.” I don’t think anyone knew what that meant until they read Dylan Thomas, but now it makes complete sense. You can’t fight the moonlight because eventually the rhythm is going to get you.
|Anyone who says "Don't go gentle" just wants a show.|