An American’s Creed

It is quite interesting to learn that the author of this great description of self-reliance, Dean Alfange, was a prominent liberal activist during his time.

It is my right to be uncommon—if I can.

I seek opportunity—not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.

I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.

I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia.

I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat.

It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, “This I have done.”

Psalm 23 for the 21st Century

It seems that our lives are lived (maybe that’s not even the right word!) at an ever faster pace. In this satirical (or is it parody?) take on Psalm 23, Marcia Hornok gives us some insight into the toll that busyness is taking on us, as individuals and a society.  Psalm 23, often called the shepherd psalm, itself gives a picture of rest in God’s protection, which makes the irony of this version even greater.

The clock is my dictator, I shall not rest.
It makes me lie down only when exhausted.
It leads me to the deep depression, it hounds my soul.
It leads me in circles of frenzy for activities’ sake.
Even though I run frantically from task to task,
I will never get it all done, for my “ideal” is with me.
Deadlines and my need for approval, they drive me.
They demand performance from me, beyond the limits of my schedule.
They anoint my head with migraines, my in-basket over-flows.
Surely fatigue and time pressure shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the bonds of frustration forever.