Cross-posted at the Left Coast Rebel
"Work banishes those three great evils, boredom, vice, and poverty."
No doubt a great quote (thanks to a family member on Facebook).
As a personal aside I am not bored in the slightest and haven't been in some time. I engage in no device(s), weekends excepted of course...
Poverty -- though Obamanomics has adversely affected each and every one of us -- is not something I have the misfortune of looking forward to.
And I thank my family, my hard-work upbringing -- as well as a sharp, active mind and the opportunity that even this damaged, great nation affords -- for just that.
Though I am tired at times, you won't find me bitching and moaning, homesteading or squatting and complaining about how unfair life is and how a benevolent Nanny State should rectify all the ills and injustices of our unjust society.
Rather, I hold my head high knowing I'm doing things the clear-conscience good-old-fashioned rugged-individualistic American way.
This Rand quote from the Ayn Rand Institute sums up the dynamic I am thinking of tonight:
Parasites seek to be taken care of, but producers seek the responsibility of choice and decision. Parasites do not look beyond the range of the immediate moment, but producers have to see and plan long-range. Parasites rely on the good will and the capricious favor of a benefactor—but producers do not live by favor and cannot function or build gigantic industries which the whim of a ruler may wipe out at any moment. What the producers need is not handouts, but freedom. And freedom is not among the gifts that the welfare state has the power to dispense.
Indeed. More on the Ayn Rand Column where this quote was lifted from.
|Long live the individualist|