If there [is] to be independence, self-sufficiency, or freedom, then we first [have] to understand, accept, and discharge our responsibilities. (Paraphrase of Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court Associate Justice)

Americans prize their independence and freedom. Many are also proud that they are self-sufficient; they don’t need others to make them successful. No doubt thinking of those qualities as they refer to the nation as a whole, Thomas points to the basic necessity of citizens understanding and sharing in their personal responsibility to the country.

Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind (Ecclesiastes 12:13).