Conservative blogger and commentator Andrew Bolt posted the following video clip with the uplifting title, “Boston will not be bowed”.
No doubt he – like most of us – feels deeply inspired by this moment. Socially conditioned to, instinctively, interpret it as evidence of the courageous “American spirit” and abiding “patriotism”, shining brightly in adversity –
“Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy. The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart; and he is relieved by them, only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears.”
– Frederick Douglass, Narrative of The Life Of Frederick Douglass (1845)
“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe