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Grateful Greetings, July 4, 1979

A lump of coal the size of a fist, burned by conventional means, will boil four gallons of water. But if all the energy it contains were released, it would provide sufficient heat to boil eight billion gallons of water. This illustrates the fact that the real power of the mass resides in its component parts, that its potential is realized only when each of those component parts is fully utilized to exert its influence on those around it. This is why Individualism develops greater power than Communism. In a free society the individual can fully utilize God-given time and talent. Ludwig von Mises tells us why it is imperative that each one of us fulfills our responsibilities as a free citizen: "Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders; no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang on the result. Whether he chooses or not, every man is drawn into the great historical struggle, the decisive battle into which our epoch has plunged us."

We need have no fear for the future if every day we who have been so blessed will pray: "O God, I am only one but I am one. Take my time and talent to make a better world. Use me, Lord, if in no other way than by making me willing to beautify the earth by picking up another's litter."

Remember that the world in which we live is not a product of majority opinion, but is a result of those individuals who saw a vision; and, when that vision first appeared, were a minority of exactly ONE.

I am only one, but I am one-under God.

 



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