This modern world, crippled by fear, wants a failure-proof freedom.
Herbert Hoover died on the 20th October, 1964.
In 1936 he said, “There are some principles that cannot be compromised. Either we shall have a society based upon ordered liberty and the initiative of the individual, or we shall have a planned society that means dictation, no matter what you call it or who does it. There is no half-way ground. They cannot be mixed.”
Nowadays we want freedom that never lets us down.
But there is no such thing.
Freedom by its very nature offers up the possibility of failure.
On the 9th September 1087, the controversial strong man and founding father William The Conqueror died.
On this day in 1776, the term “United States” replaced “United Colonies” in referring to America: a very important milestone in America’s astonishing capacity, at her best, for self-knowledge and self-correction. This capacity makes America herself a hero for me.
On September 9, 1828, Leo Tolstoy was born, the author of the great novel “War and Peace”, of which Nobel Prize Winner Romain Rolland said, “It is life itself in its eternal movement.” ………… Ernest Hemingway said that reading Tolstoy taught him how to write about war.
In 1945, on the ninth of the ninth, Australia’s General Blamey accepted the Japanese surrender in Morotai. On that island an indigenous land owner of the place where Douglas MacArthur built his wife a bathroom tells me he believes that my father’s soul has found peace among beautiful old trees.
On September the 9th, 1949, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyno was born into a family home where the integration of family and community was and is very very strong. When I met him in the presidential palace during his presidency he said he would like to visit my art display in Morotai. Could all readers of this blog please consider praying in whatever way works for you that that visit can happen someday.
September 9th is now the most common birthday in the United States.
It is an amazing day.
A great day to be thankful for all the good things we have.
LEST WE FORGET.
Geoff Fox, 9th of September, 2020, Terra Australis