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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Live Free or Die
Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils
-General John Stark
The New Hampshire motto: Live Free or Die, is on all non commercial license plates. When I travel far from home, sooner or later, someone takes note of the my license plate motto. Most folks who do approve. In my humble opinion it sure beats the wimpy innocuous mottoes most other states have.
In today's world is probably a bit politically incorrect -and I'm fine with that too.
The real irony is that the license plates are made by inmates of the state prison. Yeah, that's got to bite.
Then again, there are many forms of freedom. The body may be imprisoned but the unyielding mind is still free.
Unfortunately, what I see way too much of is the opposite. There are no chains on people's arms and legs, but their minds are shackled. There are many ways to shackle the mind: school, media, authority figures -even parents pass down their conditioning to their kids. They don't even know they've give up their freedom.
As I see it, one of the greatest sins is to deprive someone of their freedom. One of the greatest virtues is giving someone the opportunity to break their chains, be they physical or mental. I believe we were put on this planet to experience and learn. A slave has few opportunities for doing those things.
So Just about every day I can look out at all those NH plates and be reminded of the value of freedom. It keeps me honest.
I live in an area of NH known as the Great North Woods. I'm in my dome-i-cile out in the county with my lovely wife and a varying number of family and friends
-part red neck, part hippie but all country. Experimenting and enjoying the adventure of life.