Friday, July 4, 2014
"I am free, no matter what rules surround me"
It might not be a work of photographic art or even a snapshot worth saving, but it portrays what I witnessed and it is what my Blackberry recorded as I sat in my backyard sipping Benedictine just after nightfall last year on the Fourth of July -- on Independence Day. It was a pleasant way to spend an evening, hearing and seeing fireworks dominating an otherwise quiet neighborhood while thinking about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the United States of America. My assumption is that tonight will be much the same for me. Since this year, once again, I will be toasting independence and freedom by myself, and since the Wild West, perhaps, is among the paramount symbols of Americana, I am including a "cowboy rendition" of "Unchained Melody" as a musical offering. By the way, the title of this post came from the words of Robert Heinlein, one of my favorite writers of science fiction novels and short stories. Those words are carved into my psyche. To complete the Heinlein thought/quote: "I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."