Remember this if someone tells you that Obama’s blocking of the KeystoneXL pipeline has nothing to do with high gas prices.
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
– Frederick Douglass
It seems somewhat strange to consider someone you’ve never met to be your friend, yet that’s exactly what I consider Carroll Lefon, AKA NeptunusLex to be. My friend.
When you’ve spent eight years reading another person’s diary, or at least the bits he chooses to share, you feel you know the man. It seems strange that I know more about him, his family and his interests than I do about any of my neighbors, but in Lex’s case, there was such a great deal to know. He set the bar very high for himself, and makes an exemplary figure to emulate. And again, that feels strange: emulate someone you’ve never met? But we do that all the time, don’t we? Celebrities, athletes, perhaps even politicians are seen as role models. Well, Lex is one of mine. He is simultaneously one of the reasons I started this blog and one of the reasons I stopped – I can’t come close to his way with words. I felt honored when he linked to my previous blog on his page, even though it was only in reciprocation.
I won’t try to describe Lex here, go read his blog. Anyone can know him as I do, and be better for it. But I lost a friend this week, and it feels strange.
Ave atque vale, frater.