Don’t Be Just Another Sheep. Live Life to the Fullest!
Liberals need to keep their herd mentality to themselves.
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My only point with all of this stuff is, you’ve only got one life. Live it. Enjoy it. Do not let all of these different agencies, be they government or special interests or whatever they are, medical groups, don’t let them paralyze you with fear over, if you have that peanut you’re gonna die 20 years from now. If you’re in a room where people are smoking, you’re gonna die and get sick. None of it’s true. We’re all gonna die of something, someday, somehow, for some reason, and so forth. But in the meantime, just avoid this sheep business. You’ve got one life; live it! Life really is meant to be lived.
You know, William F. Buckley’s birthday was Sunday, and I was really disappointed. The people at National Review sent me a note on Saturday that I missed. They were doing a little symposium, people that knew Buckley, asking them, “What do you remember most? What do you miss most about William F. Buckley?” And I missed it, and I didn’t get a chance to participate in it. What I would have said was, “I don’t know very many people who got as much out of life as Bill Buckley did. The guy really lived his life. He just did. Sailing, writing, expert on countless things, intellectual, brilliant, formally, overwhelmingly educated, television star, all of these things.”
It just was incredible. The energy level that it took is mind-boggling. That’s what Renaissance men are, people that are called Renaissance men. Not everybody can do that, and I understand not everybody is a self-starter. Most people aren’t. That’s why leadership is so crucial, why leadership is so rare, in fact, because most people are in fact followers. But nobody has to be sheep. Not everybody has to be sheep. If I could wish anything for anybody, break out of the daily narrative of the media, which is filled with nothing but negative, fatalistic, apocalyptic news no matter what it’s about. Expose yourself to it enough and it can’t help but affect you and turn you into someone who always sees the negative or who is always at least pessimistic.