Letter: An absurd take on Stark’s words

Published: 11/29/2020 5:21:37 PM

Breathe free or die? It appears some in New Hampshire have succeeded in taking the state motto, “Live Free or Die,” into the realm of the absurd.

Protesters in front of the governor’s home as well as many others in New Hampshire in the midst of this pandemic have taken John Stark’s quote, coupled it with a bizarre concept of personal liberty, and come up with something that is both self destructive and ugly. My rights, my comfort, my desire supercedes everything else, and if my rights and my comfort and my desires are ultimately destructive to my neighbor, too bad. Live Free or Die!

I believe what Stark meant was that some things were worth dying for, that establishing a nation based on republican liberties and yes, republican virtue, were worth the sacrifice he and all those who fought in the revolution made. In other words, fighting for a cause greater than one’s self is worth the sacrifice of one’s life.

Not wearing a mask is not a higher cause and using Stark’s quote to justify what is really just a display of selfishness dishonors not only John Stark’s sacrifice but also the sacrifice of every New Hampshire citizen who died to establish a nation where personal liberty and self sacrifice to the greater good can go hand in hand.



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