A Republic…

Great coffee and practice with one of my KC clients this early am. Sat next to an old friend, Ben. I love this replica of Ben Franklin, on one of his favorite Philadelphia park benches, cane in hand, Declaration of Independence in the other, and ready to communicate a sincere challenge to any citizen as they passed by. Ben believed he and his founding brothers had created something unique and filled with possibilities. When asked what kind of government they had created, Ben practiced some ccd, freakin’ magic.

“A Republic, if you can keep it.”

Freedom, friends, is not free. Do not blindly trust your government, Ben would beckon. In fact, here’s another good one from ole Benny. “War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is. Revolution is when you decide that for yourself.”

Slow down and reflect. Think. Write. Talk. Get curious. Deepen your understanding. Widen your perspective. You don’t know it all, in fact you and I don’t know much at all. The greatest geniuses ask the best questions; dumbasses, not so much. What are you learning from those unlike you? What are you learning from those who don’t like you? What are you learning from those that came before? What are you learning from those that came much later? Slow down and sit with this for awhile. Slow down.

Live hard. Love harder…

2 thoughts on “A Republic…

  1. Brilliant quote… war verses revolution. Amazing. Love it. On Learning: BTL has taught me the urgency of learning what matters, and I am learning now more than any time in my life. On Curiosity: I’ve always been, and continue to be wildly curious… seeking, questioning, risking everything. But on Slowing Down: Well, two outta three ain’t half bad.

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