I found this picture on the internet. I was completely moved by the words. I definitely plan on incorporating some of this inspiration into some of the talks and presentations I do! However, The title “The American’s Creed,” does not seem to belong to this quote. Upon Googling the phrase, I came up with responses matching a different quote, one almost equally patriotic, penned by William Tyler Page.
I would really like to know to whom I should attribute this wisdom, and what the correct name of the missive might be. Do any of you know? I need some help here, please and thank you.
The American’s Creed
I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon. I seek opportunity to develop whatever talents God gave me—not security.
I do not wish to be a kept citizen; humbled and dulled by having the State look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and succeed.
I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the quarantined existence: the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of Utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence, nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any earthly master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act myself, Enjoy the benefit of my creations, face the world boldly and say, “This, with God’s help, I have done.”
All this is what it means to be an American.
Until next time,