Act As If You Are Free

Today, June 4th, I am reminded again of Tank Man, and The Gate of Heavenly Peace. On this day, I offer a toast to those who resisted so valiantly. Acting as if no mob, no matter how large, powerful or well armed, could dissuade them from self determination. Acting as if their right to liberty were inherent, and unalienable. In so doing they showed us all that it is, if we only dare live it. Those who died, and those who lived, made the world a better place, if only just slightly. It is by progress of this kind that most of our battles are won, after all. Sure the occasional significant shift, the punctuation in the equilibrium, is noteworthy…who could ignore it? But the gradual freeing up of ones mind and perhaps of ones peers is the sure, steady, path that has taken millennia and continues clearly just ahead. Unlike Allegro Non Troppo, we march steadily towards our betterment as individuals and as a species. Occasionally one of us, say a shy cook in Phoenix, is inspired by the courage and active liberty of one such as Tank Man…in that moment there is magic, and perhaps a small amount of hope for the future of human kind.

What Works

Raise a glass, be of good cheer. Freedom works, and people are much better of because of the liberalisation of the world. You may not have noticed, but the world has improved significantly in the past 20 years, and gives clear guidance on how to continue the progress.

Laissez faire, telle devrait être la devise de toute puissance publique, depuis que le monde est civilisé … Détestable principe que celui de ne vouloir grandir que par l’abaissement de nos voisins! Il n’y a que la méchanceté et la malignité du coeur de satisfaites dans ce principe, et l’intérêt y est opposé. Laissez faire, morbleu! Laissez faire!

 

Independence Day

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The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription (with commentary)

On this certain July the fourth, I thought I might post and comment on a document I find exceptional in the lexicon of human thought. It is prose become poetry, and often has had an impact on my thoughts and actions. I hope the wonderful ideas contained in it will continue to inspire me for many years to come. I hope they inspire you too. Continue reading