Charles Payne

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Do not go gentle into that good night - Dylan Thomas

As much as I am prone to seeing the glass half-full, there is a desperate need to spark that part of our nation that embraces all we have stood for -risk takers, idea-producers, empire-builders, life-extenders, dream-catchers. Just as Dylan Thomas exhorted his dying father to "rage" against dying, we must be contemptuous of ourselves for not trying. We must rage against folding into the status quo and accepting a life of well-worn paths of limited risk, and into a world where achievement is even more limited.

When it comes to taking charge of our future and starting businesses, fewer and fewer are up for the challenge. However, part of me thinks that the original design of that movement began by seducing people off the farm, and into living in a megalopolis run by mega-businesses, controlled in part by the government that has stake via legislation, rather than investment. The thing is, if Americans do not start businesses on their own, then who will there be to object to some far-flung idea of modern capitalism as envisioned by someone like Elizabeth Warren.


Charles Payne

Charles V. Payne is a regular contributor to the Fox Business and Fox News Networks. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Principle Analyst of Wall Street Strategies, Inc. (WSSI), founded in 1991 which provides subscription analytical services to both individual and institutional investors.