Richard Fernandez has a sober post about memory and surviving our "selfish mutant":
In a society without traditions the “free riders” may gain ascendancy and even suppress history to aid their increase. Gradually they may destroy a society’s capacity for mutual altruism and take it over for themselves. Yet even so their victory may be short-lived. Within their mutation lie the seeds of their own downfall. For “if the pathogen’s virulence kills the host and interferes with its own transmission to a new host, virulence will be selected against.” Eventually they kill the host and then themselves die.
I was pondering that post again as Gerard Van der Leun linked it, when out of the blue my long-estranged brother emailed me this fine example of teaching children to remember the vital lesson of liberty's cost. I hope you enjoy the simplicity of what an amazing teacher gave to his students when he taught them to sing this song:
Even after many years of disconnect, it's important to remember family. And to survive you may want to add God and Country. The Enlightened Elite may scoff at such simplicity and backward sentiment, but they will not live long enough to see their Utopian dreams fulfilled. Ever.
We already have, in the glow of Freedom's holy light.
May we all be worthy of the sacrifice.