Yeah, I hear the Beastie Boys every time I hear “fight for your right.” 8o’s kid. What can I say?!
Short (and a tad rough) post today because, once again, it is my “calling day” and I have things to do and people to see OUTSIDE my house!
Yoga, skipped. Meditation, shortened. Journal, I’ll do it later. Breakfast, rushed. THAT’S how much I want to share this thought with you. In the past, I’ve tried to keep my posts neutral. There is little that I am so sure of that I’ll go to war to force you to do what I think is best.
But I will fight (and by “fight,” I mean use my words and my money) for my right to be left alone, so that you also have that right.
“Lewis asked that volunteers sign up for twelve months’ service and ‘thus prove themselves worthy of their fathers of ’76 whose bequest, purchased with their blood, are those rights we now enjoy and so justly prize; let us then defend and preserve them, regardless of what it may cost, that they may pass unimpaired to the next generation who are to succeed us.’”
I read this line from Undaunted Courage and teared up a bit. Sentimental, maybe. Possibly a little nationalist, but…dammit it hit home this morning.
Our nation was not founded on perfect principles, but it was a start. Every step toward independence and freedom for all is better than going backwards.
When we give away our rights in the name of safety, we give away our children’s, and our grandchildren’s, rights away as well.
When we allow the use of force on one person, we allow it on ourselves.
When we give power to one entity, we give it to all, and they will use it against us in the future.
I’ve run out of time this morning and I have so much to say, with little know-how to say it, and with a lot of fear of expressing it, which pisses me off even more.
I’ll leave it here today. We all need to stop and think before we authorize and back-up the use of force on others, inside AND outside our nation, state, town, or business. “Do unto others as you would have done to you.”
Want to read more posts inspired by this book? Click back to my first post, “Undaunted Courage: New Read.“