As citizens of a nation we have a responsibility to do our utmost to preserve the best qualities and characteristics that advance our culture and society. It is also our duty to discourage and dissuade those characteristics that are detrimental to our culture and society. Our duty is to those who came before us, who not being perfect themselves, still pursued the best ends and gave the fruits of their labor to the generations that followed, so that we might continue the work. They entrusted us with the continuation of our nation’s great struggle; to provide a place and a system of institutions that better guarantee, more than any other place or time, the individual his chance to reach his full potential.
This duty goes further than our own lives, as it did for previous generations, it extends to the farthest reaches of our imaginations. Everything we dream of today, everything we pursue today, every new technology and every new tool created will forever affect the generations that follow. We must pursue those characteristics, those inventions, those institutions that will secure our hopes and aspirations for the future. We must dream great dreams knowing that we may not reach them ourselves, but that one day, because we dreamed and worked toward a goal our children and grandchildren will achieve even what we could not. The life span of every freedom we defend today is only so long as the will of free people sacrificing to preserve those freedoms. When the will of the people fades, so to does freedom fade. Yet it does not fade only for that generation or that people, it blurs and shadows for generations to come!
Therefore it is our responsibility, it is our duty, to teach and train our children and our children’s children to love freedom! To love freedom fiercely! To that end they must be taught to understand those institutions that foster freedom and empower it; that feed initiative and entrepreneurship, that guard enterprise and the transfer of wealth contractually with little meddling from outside forces. Our children must be taught to love and understand what makes a free society, and what drives individuals to create and transform for the empowerment of the individual and the advancement of society.
This is a self-disciplined freedom, this is a freedom of consequences. No more can we shun unforeseen consequences in defense of innocence. The greatest defense of innocence is the hard truth of consequences proven through history. We as a people have forgotten to learn from the past, relying on individual experiences only and shunning that collective wisdom of the ages. More good would be done in this world today by reading the old testament to our children and not ignoring the lessons taught those thousands of years ago. Further still, with such a cultural foundation laid our children could go on to read any number of classical books or myths and derive from those stories and histories truths and facts about humanity that would serve them for their entire lives.
We are all responsible for the future state of our society. When we allow obvious unnatural and ridiculous practices to take the place of the natural and orderly we invite doom upon our dreams. When children are raised in a society with no concept of the natural order, what can we expect of those children but to be confused and frustrated with their world. It is well known we are not a perfect society; we are reminded of that fact by both progressives in our country and from every other country around the world, but simply because we are not perfect or not completely correct everyday should not paralyze us from making the correct decisions when we do know we are in the right. Decisions are hard things to make sometimes, I know because I have dealt with the futures of children, grown men, Soldiers, as well as my own. A decision made today often reverberates throughout the rest of a life time. We must look to the unintended consequences, the second and third order of effects, and make hard decisions today that will guide and bring forth positive outcomes tomorrow; not for ourselves but for the generations to come after.
What that requires is for our people and nation to stop making decisions based on emotional appeal. We use statistics for everything except where it most counts, and it is a heartless man who suggests such a position on public media. It is time to fight these idiotic positions of emotional appeal, and call out the unnatural for what it is. Nothing and no one says we have to discriminate against peoples’ choices, but we should not defend them and enshrine them. We must embrace self-disciplined freedom, and allow those who choose to use their liberty poorly to fail and be corrected by circumstance and the natural order. We must stop promising everything to everyone, and tell the truth: You must work hard to survive and thrive! Safety nets only work properly when the participants don’t all fall in at once.
The final note will be this, self-discipline is not something that generally comes out of every new individual born on this earth, but it is born our of the collective knowledge and wisdom of societies. We cannot expect children to learn the proper character traits if they are never taught them. This requires society to pay into the development of their youth; not with dollar amounts, but with experiences, teams, clubs, teachers, concerts, religious organizations and anything else that brings generations together to share and shape a society together. It is our duty to do so, and to do so well.