Freedom on the Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July!

Let’s begin with a few words from Wendell Berry…

In our limitless selfishness, we have tried to define “freedom” for example, as an escape from all restraint. But, as my friend Bert Hornback has explained in his book “The Wisdom of Words”, “free” is etymologically related to “friend.” These words come from the same Indo-European root, which carries the sense of “dear” or “beloved.” We set our friends free by our love for them, with the implied restraints of faithfulness or loyalty. All this suggests that our “identity” is located not in the impulse of selfhood but in deliberately maintained connections.

(via triadic)

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