I Do Not Choose to Be a Common Man, by Dean Alfange

26 10 2008

Sedona in September

It is my right to be uncommon—if I can.

I seek opportunity—not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.

I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.

I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia.

I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat.

It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, “This I have done.”

By Dean Alfange

*Originally published in This Week Magazine.
Later printed in The Reader’s Digest, October 1952 and January 1954.

The Honorable Dean Alfange was an American statesman born December 2, 1899, in Constantinople (now Istanbul). He was raised in upstate New York. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I and attended Hamilton College, graduating in the class of 1922.

Found at www.daveramsey.com on Sunday, October 26, 2008.

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4 09 2010
Jimmy Lee Robbins

I cannot think of any written verse that could be any better , not just our country but for individuals, that we can ALL agree upon . Our country , leaders and our jobless economy need to read this everyday ! Pray , meditate , or think upon it as often as possible . Do not let discouragement deter you from your God-given right to have a blessed life . All man-kind has this right … as fellow human beings we can all unite around this creed . Respect one another , live and let live , and do our best to be positive and productive . This ” Creed ” should be engraved at every school , business , church or synogoge , mosque or temple . Don’t allow ‘ evil ‘ to prevail .

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