Jeff Neal for C.U.R.E. - Certain Unalienable Rights Endowment

The goodness of friends who are free

In Everyday Life on February 2, 2011 at 11:15 am

A life-long friend wrote this letter to me today and agreed that I might share it here.

Who’s hoarding all the bad friends?

The Facebook phenomenon has reminded me of a startling truth about freedom.

I have led a life surrounded by good people and apparently I’m not alone.  I have hundreds of friends on Facebook. They are just a portion of the people I have met during my life, and as I look at them they are remarkable.  In talking with my friends about their friends I noticed that they also had good friends. [CLICK below to read MORE]

Now I’m not saying that there are no bad folks out there, but a large majority of us here in America seem to be good, hard working, considerate people.  My friends have lined up to write checks to Haiti. They’ve built homes for the homeless, given shoes to the shoeless and mowed the lawns of their neighbors.  They have baked for little league, bought too many cookies from girl scouts and had their clean cars washed by every youth organization known to man.  I haven’t done the math, but I would not be surprised if they expended more energy in New Orleans than Katrina.

Here’s the remarkable part.  My friends are as different as the day is long.  They are Democrats, Republicans, Tea Partiers, Libertarians, and Socialists.  They cross more racial and religious lines than my great-grand parents ever saw.  This amalgamation of free men and women, out of the goodness of their hearts, has given voluntarily of their limited resources to help friends — and people they have never met.

Here’s the point:  My hope is that all of our friends will remember and always protect the freedom that allows us to do what we do while still being who we are.  Keep up the good work, because the truth is, you guys are doing a great job!


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