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I Do Not Choose to be a Common Man

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Came across this from Dean Alfange. Though it was first published 60 years ago, it is still pertinant today. Very thought provoking.

I hope it has positive effect on us all.

I Do Not Choose to Be a Common Man

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 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 calm state of utopia.

I will not trade freedom for beneficence or 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.”

~ Dean Alfange ~
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Why do I think that this "Duke" Speech is the perfect addition to the great quote above? Only 96 seconds long...

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