Ralph Harris was fond of quoting "There's not enough darkness in the whole world to extinguish the light of a single candle". This is always a great encouragement to me; those of us who hover around the 80 unique visitors a day in the blogosphere sometimes look with disheartenment at the two big boys with their 2,000 a day or more, but it shouldn't be so. Just a single reader of this blog delights me and makes it worthwhile. So thank you, if you're reading this. And for all fellow bloggers - imagine the combined effect of the light of all our candles.
There's another passage of Ralph's I like:
Collectivists (we didn't always say socialists; there are collectivists from all parties) are people who believe in free-range chickens but not in free-range people. There is this underlying contempt for other people and this assumption of superiority by the collectivist individual, who thinks that liberty is too good for ordinary people to use or misuse.Free-range people? Yep, count me in.