Friday, November 26, 2010
There is a price to be paid...
Ten years ago, Sir Knight and I went off-grid. We had toyed with the idea for years, but never seriously considered an off-grid life. And then, we met the representative from the power company.
In order to have power run to our new shop, we had to hire an engineer from the local electric cooperative to tell us how much it would be to bring in power. He met my husband at our property, shot the distance from the service hub to our shop and said that it would be $9,899.00 for power and an additional $125.00 for his services.
We had budgeted about $5,000.00 for electrical service, not $10,000.00, so Sir Knight asked if we could hire a contractor, dig the ditch and run the lines ourselves. The engineer said, "Nope, our equipment, our lines, our easement. That way, when we want to run power to your neighbors house and cut across your property, you can't tell us to ***** off".
Sir Knight and I had a decision to make. We could either accept the power company's demands, or we could stand on our principles. We didn't believe that the power company had the right to dictate to us what they could do (and what we couldn't do) on our property. We chose to make our own power. We have paid the price.
We spent our first year and a half with no electricity. We paid the price. We spent thousands of dollars on generators. We paid the price. We spent more money on fuel than we ever would have for power. We paid the price. When our power goes out, we can't make a phone call and expect power to be restored. We paid the price. We continue to pay the price for our principles every day. We made a choice. That choice came with consequences.
I often wonder how many people are willing to pay the price for the choices they make. Are people willing to stand on principle - or are they content to bellyache about their lot in life?
Unfortunately, it seems that people want to have their cake and eat it, too. They want to complain about rights being ripped from them, but are unwilling to make a stand. They want to protest and write letters and proclaim their displeasure, but they sure don't want to inconvenienced by actually standing on principle.
As I watch our rights being eroded by the very people we put in place to ensure our liberty, I mourn. I mourn, not for the rights we once had, but for the character of the people that have allowed this tragedy. I mourn the death of the American citizen that would rather die than forfeit liberty for security. I mourn the staunch character that embodied this once great nation. I mourn the fortitude of a people that would choose "right" over "easy", and were willing to pay the price for their choices. I mourn our Nation.
Our country needs a few good men. It needs men willing to say "this far, and no further". It needs men willing to stand on principle. It needs men willing to pay the price.
As quoted in the painting above:
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares about more than he does his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by exertions of men better than himself."
John Stuart Mill 1806-1873