Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote! -benjamin franklin

my merdeka contemplation this year: there is a fine line between a free people and a free individual. one cannot be assumed onto another, neither can one be assume with another. only when one is granted and is able to embrace the essence of both these freedoms, can a country be rightfully declared free.

i’ll be working on merdeka day. that’s what i do.

at the risk of sounding outrageously cheesy, i desperately miss wyn. he is the kind of guy who appreciates the stability and routine of having a nine to fiver, has been and i believe will always have an outstanding after office hour invitation for me, and he’s so reliable! i can depend on him for anything:)

me, on the other hand, am still smittened by the adventure bug. and even though things like packing up and going at the spur of the moment fuels me with immense excitement, it leaves me with a sense of guilt. part of me wishes to own the world. and the part of me feels like i already own the universe.

and as i go to further places, and for longer durations, i miss him so. and although i bring back a million laughters and a million stories, it is my few battle wounds that worries him. my odd working hours. the unpredictable voids i am sent into. the weirdos i meet. my writer’s tantrums.

dear, you are where my heart comes home to at the end of it all. i miss you.

One thought on “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote! -benjamin franklin

  1. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

    Widely attributed to Franklin on the Internet, sometimes without the second sentence. It is not found in any of his known writings, and the word “lunch” is not known to have appeared anywhere in English literature until the 1820s, decades after his death. The phrasing itself has a very modern tone and the second sentence especially might not even be as old as the internet. Some of these observations are made in response to a query at Google Answers.[8]
    The earliest known similar statements are:
    A democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
    Gary Strand, Usenet group sci.environment, 23 April 1990. [9]
    Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch. Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote.
    Marvin Simkin, “Individual Rights”, Los Angeles Times, 12 January 1992:[10]
    Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
    James Bovard, Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty (1994), ISBN 0312123337, p. 333
    Also cited as by Bovard in the Sacramento Bee (1994)

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