Saturday, June 25, 2005

Vae Victis

Have you prepared your victory speech? The one trumpeted after your graduation, your promotion, your humble acceptance of an award. It's the speech everybody wants to write, to deliver with élan, to be immortalized in some history book, to be worshipped by the inferior people looking up at you on your pedestal. So, have you already prepared your speech? Because I have prepared mine.

Cut to the chase. No funky perfunctory greetings here. Only self-adulation. Because if I'm to thank one and only person, that would be Me. The Me who resisted failure when failure was but a certainty, the Me who defeated defeat when defeat wasn't a possibility but an inevitability. The Me who stood by Me when all others' support wilted in the face of the all too human Ingratitude. The 'alpha male' Me who through the years finally believed in himself because nobody else believed in him. The Me who forged the best in Me -- the Corsarius -- even when all others thumbed their noses and stared their most disparaging stares at Me. And so I don't thank the unrewarding parents, the fair-weather friends, the royal-righteous-popular-heroic enemies of the maligned corsair, the blind fools who see the villain and not the innocent, the spurners, the skeptics, the critics, and the dogs which bite their feeder's hand. I thank only one person. I thank Me, I thank Me, I thank Me. Thank Me, and thank Me all. Thank you.

That's it. Others may write their own speeches. If they need to spend hours on it, it's fine. I'm done with mine.

It only takes ten minutes to self-adulate.

15 Comments:

Blogger Abster said...

Ooh, that must've felt good! Maybe I should write a self-adulating speech as well...hehehe.

3:13 PM  
Blogger ia said...

angas talaga nito!

just don't be too surprised that when you're done hopping and skipping down the path perfumed and petalled for your glee, you'll realize that you've always wanted to be alone.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

to abster: I tell you, it's a good form of stress release ;) You should definitely give it a shot.

to ia: Maangas talaga 'ko. But from time to time, I can be downright humble :p Which anyone can notice by reading my posts.

8:18 PM  
Blogger bing said...

this is not even a praise - a simple form of showing gratitude to one's SELF. love it!

1:33 PM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

Haha. I'm glad you saw it that way. Kind of lessens the "brutal and haughty" feel the entry portrays (my fault). Thanks! :D

3:38 PM  
Anonymous hera said...

i should have thanked myself first during my speech in HS. but no, i thanked the incompetent teachers! darn! hehe!

this is brilliant, corsarius! no matter what they say, we are still responsible for our own triumphs.

3:32 PM  
Blogger claudzki said...

mine goes something like,

"..and to all the little people i've stepped on to get here..."

:D

3:35 PM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

to hera: you're actually lucky to have delivered a speech in HS, hah! :D thanks, hera.

to claudzki: i like that. that line should be in my speech. but then, you get first dibs on it. :D

4:03 PM  
Blogger transience said...

i kind of do this all the time. it's a leo thing, i guess. but i guess you already know i like you for being so self-adulating. LOL!

1:01 PM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

it's a taurus thing, too. (not really, the Corsarius is just an exception.) and of course, the reason that i go back and back to your blog is that you self-adulate, too, hehe :D

2:31 PM  
Blogger sesto callende said...

The Bard expressed it this way, a long time ago:

"This above all: to thine own self be true"

But before one can be true, one must first know thyself. Then, only then, can one say a self-adulating pat-on-my-own-back i-love-myself-so-i-don't-give-a-damn-if-you-don't speech.

I guess you know the truth.

:D

4:04 AM  
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4:04 AM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

Well said, man. Though of course, from the eyes of some people (yes, the detractors of the Corsarius), this truth is a big, fat lie ;)

10:26 AM  
Anonymous AuroraBorealis said...

self-adulation.

i should try that.

5:29 PM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

to auroraborealis: definitely. but then, even the Corsarius can't pull it off twice..argh. i am without doubt not my own self these past days. see upcoming post.

11:16 PM  

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