What Have We Learned Here?

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.  Benjamin Franklin.

I think Franklin is an amazing and interesting person.  At one point in his life, he determined to look at himself with clear eyes, determine what values were important to him, how his current behavior deviated from those values, and put together a plan to improve himself.  If you read his autobiography, it’s astonishing that his plan for self-improvement is still valid and viable today.

Keep in mind his quote above when you decide if you’re willing to let other people control you because it’s the “safe” move.  It’s never safe to give up any portion of your freedom; you will die a little inside each time you make such a compromise.

Organizations that have too much power fall into this category.  Abuse of power by certain government agencies. Companies who mistreat their employees or contract jobs out so they won’t have direct responsibility when things go wrong.  Official oppression of many kinds.  

When I read stories about Wal-Mart double contracting their warehouse operations so they wouldn’t be responsible when the employees there were shorted on their paychecks, and when I see the coverage of the 6-year-old girl who was patted down in an airport, it makes me physically ill. 

I don’t know what the solution is to this, but it seems to me that it is getting worse.  And I wish I knew what I, personally, could do about it.

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