For John, BLUF: Know the difference between what you do out of duty and what you do because someone tells you to do it. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Author Sara A Hoyt, 1 August 2017, on what is a duty and what is just acceptance of compliance.
Here is how it ends:
Fulfill those duties you freely assumed, yes, even unto death, because that’s the price of your honor and your adulthood. But those obligations imposed on you by force majeure? Accept the need to do it, if there is no other alternative, but do NOT under any circumstances internalize it as your duty or feel guilty for not fulfilling it. Down that path lie socialized medicine and your obligation to die when the government wants to guarantee your “death with dignity.”Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Living and dying free demand a lot of sacrifice, and for those of us of an honorable disposition, taking care of the weaker people in our sphere influence.
But they prevent your being a sheep for your betters’ shearing. And they allow you self-respect.
Regards — Cliff