A 4th of July Remembrance: Independence Arises from Self-Reliance, by Charles Hugh Smith

A justly famous Emerson quote speaks to the core of self-reliance and the agency of true independence: “Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.”

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Rugged individualism, the making of one’s own way, psychological self-sufficiency, used to be the bedrock of the American character. Now the whole concept of individualism has been perverted into a demand for others’ attention and support. From Charles Hugh Smith at oftwominds.com:

Individualism, it seems, means not the making of one’s own way but the demanding of sacrifices by others to maintain one’s own lifestyle.
What is visible on July 4th is the overwhelming consumerism of an American holiday: the over-hyped sales campaigns, the over-indulgences of the table, and the obligatory displays of fireworks. But beneath this celebratory surface run questions about American identity and the state of grace of the American soul.
There is a darkness in that soul, the poisonous darkness of greed, complacency and hubris. Individualism, it seems, means not the making of one’s own way but the demanding of sacrifices by others to maintain one’s own…

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Author: Lisa the Infidel

I am an #Infidel - born and bred North Carolina.

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