A people who still remembered that their ancestors had been the masters of the world would have applauded, with conscious pride, the representation of ancient freedom, if they had not long since been accustomed to prefer the solid assurance of bread to the unsubstantial visions of liberty and greatness. – Edward Gibbons “The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire”
I wonder if there remains, in some dark corner of the the American spirit, the desire to answer the evanescing call of liberty and greatness? I wonder if the addiction to the comforts of our forefathers’ labors will prevent us from seeing the needs of our time? I wonder if my children will enjoy the same relative freedom I did and my father did.
Privilege must always be balanced by a corresponding level of responsibility. Privilege in excess of responsibility leads to corruption and abuse of power. Responsibility in excess of privilege demands resourcefulness and prepares one for leadership.
I wonder what the future holds. Do you?