Thursday, June 04, 2009

[thought for the day] thursday evening

The condition upon which G-d hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.

[John Philpot Curran, 1790]

3 comments:

Punch said...

Liberty is a concept in which an individual has the right to act according to his or her own free will. If G-d puts vigilance as a condition, then does it not stand to reason that one is not free to act according to his or her will? If some duhweeb? says you/one have to go do something in order to have liberty, are you/one not at liberty to say no? If not, then you/one are not free of his or her will, and by definition liberty is gone.
We get seduced so quickly.

James Higham said...

I think it meant vigilance to protect what was given, even in the context of us fighting for it and winning it, then getting slack and allowing it to be nibbled away.

Perhaps.

xlbrl said...

Liberty was not given to us by God or nature, collectivism was. Liberty is the product of free will, which was what was actually inflicted upon us by God.