A Lesson From The Wise – To Be Self-reliant

“The flabby generations, fed on the pap and treacle of ‘Liberalism,’ expect the easy answer and live in the syntax of the passive voice. They expect all to be done for them; they don’t want to be free men, but freedmen. And that is why nothing is done for real to help our cities, and all that is falsely done undoes. But slums will be made homes, and work will be found for willing men, and a fairer world will be created, when men awake from the collective somnambulism and resolve to be ??Ÿ?¦Ÿ? and become ??Ÿ?¦Ÿ? self-reliant.

On the old frontier there were no subsidies, no governmental cushions, no social-air-conditioning. You faced the flood or the drought, the wolves amid the sheep or the cougars among the cattle, the wind and the snow and the sand, the failure of the crops or the fire in the night, as a man should. It was your responsibility. No one gave you a right to a living; you made a living or you accepted your dying. Your neighbors would help you, but they could not take your burdens wholly upon themselves. Your had to take, like Ulysses’ men in Tennyson’s poem, the thunder or the sunshine with a frolic welcome.

And, the self-reliant man of the old frontier did just that ??Ÿ?¦Ÿ? he accepted the thunder or the sunshine with a frolic welcome ??Ÿ?¦Ÿ? and he build from both the greatness which is America. He made his own house, he made his own living ??Ÿ?¦Ÿ? and he made his own happiness. Instead of being ‘bored’ like the children of suburbia with affluence everywhere except in their own souls, he found always some new thing to do, to build, to invent, to create, to see and to know.”
– e. merrill root, America’s Steadfast Dream , p. 3

For more than 80 years now we have been taught by the hands of government philosophy first proposed by Woodrow Wilson when he said, “We want one class to have a liberal education. We want another class, a much larger class of necessity, to forgo the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific, difficult, manual tasks.” Link for more >>

We, have become hollow generations of obedience to “societal opinions,” passively following rather than leading. We don’t know the weakness of specialization in education as compared to generalization.

To break the chains, create something of use, build a business that helps, do things that inspire greatness in others, learn the lessons from history. Find the original meaning of freedom so you can see the yoke you are slaves to.

Increase your self-reliance and the self-reliance of your children. Increase your knowledge. Learn the importance of a library in your home and in your mind. Become what you were born to become.


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