The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #87629   Message #3035494
Posted By: Steve Parkes
18-Nov-10 - 06:02 PM
Thread Name: Happy! – Dec 30 (Kipling born 30 Dec 1865)
Subject: RE: Happy! – Dec 30 (Kipling born 30 Dec 1865)
You have to judge people against the standards of their time, not ours; not always easy. RK was ahead of his in some ways. He believed there are some qualities that transcend differences of race and class -- think of The Ballad of East & West, Gunga Din -- but he also believed some races to be superior to others. But in those days most people would have ben what we call racists.

Lighter note: I might raise a smile with my New Ballad of E & W, a true story (more or less).