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A thought-provoking quote

February 7, 2009

“Be humble to us: call my sovereign yours,
And do him homage as obedient subjects;
And I’ll withdraw me and my bloody power:
But, if you frown upon this proffer’d peace,
You tempt the fury of my three attendants,
Lean famine, quartering steel, and climbing fire;
Who, in a moment, even with the earth
Shall lay your stately and air-braving towers,
If you forsake the offer of our love.”

-John Talbot, The First Part of King Henry the Sixth, Act IV, Scene II.

Really, how often is peace proffered only in exchange for unquestioning obedience?  How many schools of thought and commanding organizations cannot stand unless their members are identically-minded?  Americans are fortunate people; despite the country’s many flaws, we are to this day allowed to perform all manner of contrary words and tasks that would, in the past and in many countries today, have been punished by death.

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