A Longitudinal Family of Mankind
by Paul Rosenberg
by Paul Rosenberg: We
Do NOT Have a Federal Government
loved that the Wall Street Journal published the same excellent
editorial every Christmas. So, I have decided to follow their example
and publish my own editorial in every December issue of FMP. I think
it's important to take a long view of the world occasionally, and
the holiday season seems a good time to do it.
are one longitudinal family of mankind.
you could go back in time a thousand years, you would find individuals
who reminded you very much of your current friends and companions.
The same is true of people who will live a thousand years from now:
Some of them will be nearly identical to the people you love now.
would love and care for those people the same as you do their counterparts
here and now.
understand this: Those in the future, who would be our beloveds,
can only advance in the same way that we have: By the benefaction
of their predecessors.
you imagine how long it took for completely ignorant men to learn
the rules of metallurgy? Or engineering? Or a hundred other things
we can barely imagine being without? Our lives are advanced only
because they created new ways of living and passed them down to
us. Hundreds of generations of men and women lived through dark
times, fighting toward whatever bits of light they could find, opposed
by other men nearly the entire way, to bring us where we are now.
day our generation will also be gone, and we will have played –
whether we've understood it or not – the crucial role of transmitting
civilization to following generations. What do we want them to be
like? How would we like them to live?
men and women have struggled toward the future and spent all they
had to bring us here. We owe them something. It may be that they
no longer care, but their gifts to us will cease to exist, unless
we continue to pass them along.
make them matter, and they deserve to matter.
stand now at the threshold of the stars, but we have been immobilized
by self-serving structures designed to control and reap from every
human action. We must get past them if we are to move forward.
and waste bid us to forget the future; to chase status instead of
goodness, conquest rather than production, and thrill rather than
substance. A thousand self-serving voices call us aside, ever-grasping
at our assets and our energy.
must turn away from it all.
owe this to the people of the past. We owe it to the people of the
future. We owe it to ourselves.
happens next is up to you. It's not up to leaders or bosses. It's
up to you.
truth is this: The consequences of your failures are inescapable
and the consequences of your good deeds are inescapable. Regardless
of your acknowledgement, your descendents will live or die by them.
you are and what you do matters a very great deal.
your will. Act. Awake.
Rosenberg [send him
mail] is the author of Free-Man’s
Perspective, a monthly dispatch on the important things of life:
virtue, courage, science, art, history, philosophy and personal
growth. This was excerpted that newsletter.
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