I started reading this post about freedom of speech and ended up about political events in another country. "The USA... what a wonderful country we live in." I have the experience to say so aswell. How so you may ask? I volunteered to join the military service altho my personal belief is that ones duty to God (whichever one you happen to believe in or yourself if you happen to be an athiest) and country that military service at 18 should be mandatory for everyone excluding thos who medically cannot or who are a lone sibling of the familys namesake. I have been to many places overseas and have seen many things that many here in the USA take for granted. One example comes to mind is when I saw a local man who intentionally stepped on the local currency and in doing so invoked the wrath of the local police by being severly beaten and dragged off who knows where I'd say the picture of that nations president was more than just a picture on the local currency. Another instance where another person who sympathized with their Northern Communist neighbors and was beaten nearly to death while the local police stood by and watch and then he was taken away. For all it's faults, it's people, it's future whether good or bad, percieved or factual, there is no place better to live than the USA. I know that other people who live in other countries also believe in their country as I do in mine and I do not deny their beliefs at all. We have NO control where we are born or in part where we are raised but we certianly do have 100% control in ourselves and how we judge the world around us. I cannot put myself in the place of thos people in the world who have experience horrible tragedy thru history. I can only be thankful I.. I didn't HAVE to experience it. I may not agree with you, I may not like what you say and vice a versa but I can say that I will allways defend your right to say it. Indeed people have written books trying to get others to believe in what they believe. But I will say in closing just because you have others who believe what you believe doesn't make you right in saying that your way is the right way. Thru life I have tried to be open minded to all people and may have suffered alittle along the way and I apologise if this is getting winded but lastly in closing I'd like to say that I have tried to live by the following creed: Desiderata (something desired as essential) Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world..
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. Max Ehrmann ┬® 1927
According to some reference books, Desiderata is still sometimes thought to have been 'found' at Old St. Paul's Church in Baltimore and to date back to 1692. It was actually written and copyrighted by Max Ehrmann (1872-1945) in 1927, the copyright was renewed in 1948 and 1954 by Bertha K. Ehrmann. It was copyrighted by Robert L. Bell in 1976.
In 1956, the rector of St. Paul's Church in Baltimore, Maryland, used the poem in a collection of mimeographed inspirational material for his congregation. Someone who subsequently printed it asserted that it was found in Old St. Paul's Church, dated 1692. The year 1692 was the founding date of the church and has nothing to do with the poem. See Fred D. Cavinder, "Desiderata", TWA Ambassador, Aug. 1973, pp. 14-15. Now let's get to the bloodletting..........