"The ordinary man is passive. Within a narrow circle, home life, and perhaps the trade unions or local politics, he feels himself master of his fate. But otherwise he simply lies down and lets things happen to him."
George Orwell
[Eric Arthur Blair] (1903-1950) British author
Inside the Whale, 1940
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I don't want to be that man. Do you? The greatest power we have is the power to choose. Stand up!
 -- Mark, Grand Island, Nebraska     
    The majority are quite limited in their self determination. They live under the delusion that they make choices but it is just that-a delusion. This is not Ayn Rand's paradigm we are inhabiting.
     -- EGL, LA     
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    A rather sad commentary of most people today.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    And thus we have a country lead by an ordinary man... a man not up to the task of being a just leader... a man better suited to sitting on a sofa choking on chips than making decisions.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    Sounds nice -- why shouldn't life be like that? Well, because of the ambitious who envision themselves as not only master of their own fate but of everybody else's, too.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Good to see you back EGL. Editor, what happened to my comment?
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Not giving a damn is not the same as passivity. If I care about something I am anything but passive. It is easy to confuse the two I suppose. Perhaps I should care more about the Christians in Darfur getting slaughtered and enslaved by the Muslims, but I don't. My bad. It is not worth my life, the Christians should smarten up and kill the Muslims or move the hell away. That is not the same as being passive about it. Passive is saying "Someone should do something about it, and I would if..." I simply do not care about it
     -- Eric, Wichita, KS     
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    Sorry, Mike -- I don't know. Please resubmit. Thanks
     -- Editor, Liberty Quotes     
    Very true. Quote sure sound like one Ayn Rand would have come up with.
     -- warren, olathe     
    I agree Warren.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    excellent ! very close to what reality is !
     -- Anonymous, panama     
     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    Not knowing what to care for ? A very narrow circle, socialism creates. The nanny state instilling their Fabian mindset. To protect another's Liberty is to instill independence with a compassionate cause. To see one succeed is a great reward when they are able to teach others also. This takes care and love of your fellow man. Faith in our grantor of Liberty is color blind, hate is not. Ready to rescue, ready to defend.
    Semper Fi
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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