Cryptoquote Spoiler – July 4th, 2014

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale: (1805) [c...

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale: (1805) [cropped] (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”   —   Thomas Jefferson

Helen Keller

Helen Keller (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

(That sounds to me like we have permission, perhaps even a duty, to revolt . . . from time to time.  The tricky thing is that some of today’s tyrants mask themselves in patriotism.  And to me, it’s not specifically about individuals, although there are some who do qualify as tyrants.  It’s more about a system that has grown tyrannical.  It’s been happening incrementally over the years, and many of these changes . . . for the worse . . . have been rationalized by the need for security.  Helen Keller once said:  “Security is mostly a superstition.  It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.  Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.  Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”  The politics of fear is very pervasive, but it can’t work forever.  Be well and do good, friends.  Happy Fourth of July to all of my American brothers and sisters!)   —   YUR

 


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