Thursday, October 07, 2010

The Ten Cannots


  • I just came across a listing of "The Ten Cannots," a pamphlet published in 1916 by an outspoken advocate for liberty, William J. H. Boetcker.  Quite a bit of wisdom and insight here.
    • You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. 
    • You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. 
    • You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. 
    • You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. 
    • You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence. 
    • You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. 
    • You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. 
    • You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. 
    • You cannot establish security on borrowed money. 
    • You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves.
     Ponder and Enjoy.

    Beth said...

    Hmmm. The third-to-last and second-to-last "cannot" scare me, considering I have no income and borrowed a lot of money to go to school. I'll pretend those aren't on there.... : )

    Charlie van Becelaere said...

    That's probably wise. It's like closing your eyes to avoid monsters, I guess - if I can't see them, then they can't see me, right?