Freedom

Every July 4 I take a free moment to think determinedly about self-reliance.

Best book ever on the general theme of independence: Richard Ford’s Independence Day(Ford himself prefers Emerson’s Self-reliance for “its implicit goal of leaving us as it found us: free.”)

It’s a great road book, too. The action centers on Cooperstown and the baseball hall of fame. It reflects wisely on just how much, and how little, any of us can help anyone else (our own kids included) be free.


There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion;…The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self Reliance,”
Essays, First Series, 1841.

DS 7.4.09

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