John F. Kennedy

The ball’s in your court. I’ve committed fifteen minutes of my day to writing these posts. Now you, dear reader, what are you committing to? If you can’t commit fifteen minutes, commit at least five. What should you commit to? That’s up to you.

Commitment is not popular today. A commitment can be defined as an ongoing obligation or engagement that restricts freedom. In this country we value freedom, not obligation. It wasn’t always like this. JFK said, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” JFK thought that a U.S. citizen should focus on his obligations, not his freedoms.

Let’s change the discussion. Forget about human rights, women’s rights, and minority rights. Let’s talk about human obligations, women’s obligations, and minority obligations. What have we done to deserve food, shelter, education, or opportunity? How does my existence itself necessitate others to serve me? We owe everything to others. We only have debts to pay off.


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