In this country, you are (still) free to be different.
I love difference in people, in scenery, in food, in food, in food... oops. Difference is interesting. I've resumed interviewing players and I'll profile them in this blog in the weeks ahead. Fascinating people.
Problem. We live in a society that wants to eliminate differences. Social stigma attach to people who don't conform. This is at it's worse when we stigmatize people for traits they couldn't change if they wanted to. Like physical characteristics. Size. Features.
Why do people want to tell other people how to live, how to look, how to eat, how to play?
Societal pressure to conform can be resisted by informing public opinion. This blog aims at reducing societal biases by introducing you to wonderful people who have chosen to do something different, football. I'm a big person and size bias is a personal thing with me. You'll see blog posts on being big, being small. Sneaky attempts by me to influence your opinion about differences in people.
A more pernicious attack on individual liberty is legislative. A lot of people are so determined to erase differences that they want to pass laws controlling the rest of us. In New York City, they're passing a law against thirty-two ounce soft drinks. Just about everywhere are laws against smoking. I'm not going to create a list because I'm confident you're aware of government agencies setting rules to limit your liberty.
Our liberty. We're a land of the free but our freedom is limited by millions of laws passed at city, county, state, and national levels.
I have become a libertarian. I believe you should be free to be what you want to be, do what you want to do when you want how you want. As long as it doesn't affect me, it is none of my business.
July 4 is an important date. November 6, 2012 is more important. It is election day. When you vote, consider which candidates will recognize and respect your individual liberty.
So you can even play football if you want to.
|Why does Tara Andrickson (#33) want to play football? I don't know. But I'm glad she does. And |
glad she can.
There's a guy in a striped shirt watching. He's part of the game. But if we ever get big brother