It has been said before, but it bears repeating, that freedom itself is not free, and that eternal vigilance is the price of it. What needs to be said, however, is what freedom really is. In truth, there is no freedom but the freedom to serve. Freedom consists of nothing but a choice of masters. We will serve God, or we will serve Mammon. We will obey the promptings of our hearts, or we will follow the dictates of our livers. There is no other choice; there is no other freedom. And if we do not make a conscious decision, we will serve the devil by default. – “Free to Serve,” F.R. Duplantier
Monday I posted a politickle entitled “Non Serviam.” Perhaps it was the July 4th weekend that prompted me to write on the subject of rebellion, distinguishing between the legitimate and illegitimate versions. The week and a half between Independence Day and Bastille Day is a good time to reflect on that difference. Yesterday I posted a video of the oldest living Congressional Medal of Honor winner, a wonderful example of a man who served well. Tomorrow’s post will be devoted to his antithesis.