Comment 2 of 2, added on November 15th, 2004 at 11:47 PM.
I think this poem has less to do with a career choice and more to do with
the labors of life: what do we make of the so-frequently heard phrase,
"live your life to the fullest"? Why are we here? How do we define our
world and once defined, what kind of mark shall we strive for? "What if we
dont?" asks us to consider the justification for seeking greatness within
ourselves and our smaller circles, rather than an external mark on the
world at large, perhaps. Both marks are as noble and important. I think
it's a brilliant poem.
from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on August 31st, 2004 at 11:38 AM.
In a few lines Dorothy Parker managed to capture my thoughts about pursuing
professional success. What does it all mean? Why do we do what we do?
---Now if I only had the answer...