Patrick henry famously exclaimed, “give me liberty or give me death!” he knew that the british were not going to give in. He wrote, “I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past.” that lamp of experience told him that war was inevitable. Others argued against him that there was still a hope for reconciliation.
He exclaimed, “gentlemen may cry, peace, peace but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, almighty god! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
the club platypus motto is, “oblivisci mortem, da libertatem”. It best translates into english as “forget death, just give me liberty”.
This does not mean that I am not willing to die for liberty, nor that I think others should not. Rather it means that I feel I shouldn’t have to.
Liberty should be the default state of mankind. I should not have to fight for it, earn it, or plea for it. It should be mine.
I think that everyone should have that attitude toward liberty.
See it as the natural state of being for your life to such a degree that when someone tries to alter our state of liberty you notice it as quickly as you notice a change in body temperature, or breathing, or hunger.
In actuality no one is giving you liberty. You already have it. They may only taking it away from you or help you maintain it.
So, I say forget making people die for it and leave them alone to enjoy it.