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Thursday Aug 28, 2008

Think for Yourself

The air is ripe with politicos, promises, and planned futures. In the melee, let us remember to be vigilant concerning our own thoughts, understandings, and conclusions. Let us not repeat slogans that we do not understand or venerate those who have not earned it. True leadership promotes independence.

With deference to our feathered friends, let us not parrot words. As those reading this blog may have noted, I encourage abstinence from such weak filler words as hope and wish, and the dangers of obvious are often not apparent. 

Here is an apt repost from July 3, 2004:

We the People

In the Declaration of Independence, we read: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The ink that would soon turn blood red and now flowed black from Thomas Jefferson’s pen did not write: We hope these truths are obvious.

To its credit, there is not a single utterance of hope or any other passive word in this magical document that the Founding Fathers bestowed upon posterity.

Remember what the master from India said: “It is better to live in fulfillment than in hope.”