Some thoughts on Liberty and Morality

Here are two great quotes on liberty and morality. I shall post some poems I wrote that are  inspired by the concepts as well.

” Is it not high time for the people of this country explicitly to declare whether they will be freemen or slaves ? It is an important question, which ought to be decided. It concerns us more than anything in this life. The salvation of our souls is interested in the event; for wherever tyranny is established, immorality of every kind comes in like a torrent. It is the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice, for they cannot live in any country where virtue and knowledge prevail. The religion and public liberty of the people are intimately connected: their interests are interwoven ; they cannot subsist separately, and, therefore, they rise and fall together. For this reason, it is always observable that those who are combined to destroy the people’s liberties practise every art to poison their morals. How greatly then does it concern us, at all events, to put a stop to the progress of tyranny. It has advanced already by far too many strides. We are this moment upon a precipice. The next step may be fatal to us. Let us, then, act like wise men, calmly look around us, and consider what is best to be done. Let us converse together upon this most interesting subject, and open our minds freely to each other. Let it be the topic of conversation in every social club. Let every town assemble. Let association and combinations be everywhere set up to consult and recover our just rights.” -Samuel Adams

“But what more oft, in nations grown corrupt,
And by their vices brought to servitude,
Than to love bondage more than liberty,
Bondage with ease than strenuous liberty…”

John Milton (Samson Agonistes)

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The Squabblers

They squabble like children
Most of their lives.
Bitterly trampling over others,
Stabbing each others backs,
Clamoring to the top of a phantom ladder,
And then they die.
Having accomplished little or nothing,
And having destroyed so much.

“Free” Men

People turn away from truth
In the name of freedom.
But are enslaved to misery
In the name of choice,
And they cannot understand.
Why they are not happy.

Comfortable

Some people,
Even if you could lead them
Directly into joy,
They’d run you away.
Because the truth is
They are happiest in their misery.
Because in their misery is where
They are most comfortable.

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