I broke the no words rule this week. It’s the first time ever.
Start your week with Ben and Mark discussing free speech, liberty, the press, etc.
I was intrigued by this PragerU video because my high school’s motto was “Responsible Freedom.” The idea was that in order to be free, you must be responsible or you’ll lose your freedom. Also, if you don’t have responsibility you aren’t really free.
This video doesn’t really touch on that idea till the end when he talks about ownership. The message here is good even for us who don’t enter the military.
I admire how this young Hong Kong protestor calls attention to the two men who are apparently spies and have been following him. He does it with respect and civility showing how the Chinese government operates and the risk those who want democracy face in the “One Country/Two Systems” era.
I pray nothing bad happens to this man.
I grabbed this portion of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” from The Writer’s Almanac:
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.
It seemed fitting for July 4th.