David is not only a good writer – he’s pretty smart too.
We gotta be careful of what we believe. Many Americans subscribe a little too heavily to the Amer-I-Can philosophy and it’s becoming contagious throughout–it’s the myth of the Lone Hero, the Rugged Pioneer or the Cowboy riding into the dusty town alone; it’s Mr. Frost telling us “I took the path less travelled and that made all the difference” or Emerson spinning out an ingenious essay on Self-Reliance. And then, everywhere you look, you see it: people being individuals; people wearing their individuality on the outside, on their sleeves, advertising for the supposed individuality within.
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