|"Seize the day" (Horace, Odes) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
“While we're talking, envious time is fleeing: pluck the day, put no trust in the future” - Horace
Years ago when I was a graduate teaching assistant in economics, I had a student ask why I was a conservative. The conversation took place after a class in which I mentioned that I was a fan of the Austrian School of Economic Thought.
The question was a legitimate one and asked honestly. I struggled for an answer at the time, mentioning several issues of morality as well as individual freedoms. I never did give an answer with which I was completely happy but I knew a better, yet simpler, answer existed.
I knew there was an underlying philosophy that tied those beliefs together. Later, I was able to put together what I should have said: “There are only a certain number of decisions to be made about your life in any given day. I’m a conservative because I believe you should make as many of those decisions as possible.”
There are only a certain number of decisions to be made about your life in any given day. I’m a conservative because I believe you should make as many of those decisions as possible.
It's past time for us to remind our elected officials and the faceless bureaucrats who re-interpret regulations to force more government decisions onto citizens that the day is, indeed, our day. I encourage you to take a part of your day to show an interest in the politics of our nation. It already has an interest in you.
Carpe diem, indeed!