Wednesday, January 17, 2007

I gotta get up earlier...

"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." I love quoting that correctly. Ben Franklin, whose birthday we celebrate today, wrote that in his Historical Review of Pennsylvania (1759). It goes to show how a bon mot can span the centuries. Too bad the current administration and the popular press these days seem to be hell-bent on making that particular sentiment meaningless.
I think Franklin knew that there would be generations after his own who would appreciate freedom. And he made sure that freedom existed and guranteed that it would continue. Unlike those currently destroying the Constitution and other parts of our environment. Like science and reason. Franklin wrote an Autobiography which fell into my hands as an impressionable youth, and the Franklin's subversive prose certainly girded me for the obstacle course and luge run of my fantastic life. Thus, I conclude with this quote from Franklin, commenting on his own ahem prose:

In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself; you will see it, perhaps, often in this history; for, even if I could conceive that I had compleatly overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.

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