The Bondage of Independence (2 of 10) by Wayne Coleman

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The Bondage of Independence (2 of 10)
Wayne Coleman

Independence, n, 1. State or quality of being independent; freedom from control by others; self government. 2. A sufficiency of means for a livelihood; a competency. Independence is certainly another front runner in the world of positive words.

Early Americans paid a brutal price for their independence from England. Heroic and brave were the men who met and laid their lives, the lives of their families, and all that they possessed on the line while writing that now famous Declaration of Independence from England. Early Texans paid a heavy toll for their independence from Mexico. Much blood has been shed and lives given to the cause of independence. Be it a national, state, county, city, family, or personal objective, independence is considered a most positive experience.

WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED INDEPENDENCE?
Mr. Webster describes it as positionally being free from the control of others, or a self governed lifestyle. How many people do you know that would rather be independent than dependent? I personally have rarely met anyone who would choose dependence over independence. It could be stated with very little argument, that the basic nature of man is to be independent.

At what age does this unsatisfiable infatuation with personal independence first become visible? Think about it seriously! Independence is probably one of the first and most recognizable birth defects known to man. Since we parents do not like using ourselves as illustrations, lets us use our children to illustrate the point.

Is there anything or anyone who exhibits independence more vividly than a new born baby? There it lies. Not being able to take care of itself in any form or fashion. Totally dependent upon someone other than its self for everything and yet disagreeing with almost everything you do to try to help. It even disagrees with the doctor's first spank on the bottom that initiates that first breath of life. Its tempe ...


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