I can tell you are passionate about these issues and I agree with many things you say. I believe poverty and hunger are prevalent in many countries, not because of lack of resources or policies of other countries, but because of corruption.

Alexus de tocqueville said only a virtuous people are capable of freedom, and I still believe this is true today. When people and governments become corrupt, compromising the moral fiber and ethical standards that allow people to live together harmoniously, then chaos and deterioration are the result.

Another important characteristic of free countries is that they provide opportunities for the pursuit of happiness. But this doesn’t mean government is responsible for our happiness; only for our freedom to pursue it. John F. Kennedy said those famous words, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

Free people must exhibit altruism, unselfishness and compassion in order to remain free. Freedom can’t be about grasping as much as we can regardless of the needs of those around us, indulging our passions at the expense of others, or jettisoning our demands for a just and moral society. When strength of character is lost, both by a country’s leaders and its people, the result is a freefall into fascism or worse.

Writer, editor, publisher, journalist, author, columnist, believer in enjoying my journey and helping other people enjoy theirs. bknicholson@att.net

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