“We must be free or die, who speak the tongue
That Shakespeare spake, the faith and morals hold
Which Milton held — in every thing we are sprung
Of Earth’s first blood, have titles manifold.”
I’ve been musing about such ideas, since our valued ‘freedom,’ which we tend to take for granted, has been abridged. It’s a truism that we don’t value what we have until we lose it.
At the Cambrian Dissenters blog, Daniel Thomas writes a good piece about the situation here in the States, with the states slowly starting to open up, (though some are not yet “ready” for it, according to the Powers-that-Be). Even the states that are re-opening are going to be operating under many rules about social distancing, use of protective masks, and so on. I have a feeling life will not be as it was before the virus arrived, not for a good while I suppose. Am I being too pessimistic about the situation here?
The Cambrian Dissenters piece, on the other hand, expresses optimism about how we Americans will deal with the situation in our country.
When it comes to asserting authority over government and a power hungry, ideologically driven political class, the American people lead the way and their God given, unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is a right that should be available to the rest of humanity.“
The confidence in us is appreciated; I hope we can live up to it. However, being honest I see a lot of people who want to remain in their houses, and who fear a second ‘wave’ of the virus — based on what the people in charge are saying, and the media which persistently echoes the official pronouncements.
But yet I do sense that many people are getting restless from these many weeks of of confinement. Maybe this is a sign of life. I do hope that the freedom-hungry spirit described by Wordsworth in the quote at the top of this post will re-assert itself. If not then we are not our ancestors’ progeny, not in any true sense. I believe that heredity makes us, to a great degree, what we are. I hope that we and our kinsmen in Britain and all the Anglosphere can recover that knowledge of who we are and from whom we come, even in these troubled and uncertain times.