"To desire freedom is an instinct. To secure it requires intelligence. It must be comprehended and self-asserted. To petition for it is to stultify* oneself, for a petitioner is a confessed subject and lacks the spirit of a freeman. To rail and rant against tyranny is to manifest inferiority, for there is no tyranny but ignorance; to be conscious of one's powers is to lose consciousness of tyranny. Self government is not a remote aim. It is an intimate and inescapable fact. To govern oneself is a natural imperative, and all tyranny is the miscarriage of self government. The first requisite of freedom is to accept responsibility for the lack of it."
A treatise by E.C. Riegel, written 1944
How much worse the problems of the planet are 60 years later after this was written.
* Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary online
Main Entry: stul·ti·fy
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): -fied; -fy·ing
Etymology: Late Latin stultificare to make foolish, from Latin stultus foolish; akin to Latin stolidus stolid
- to allege or prove to be of unsound mind and hence not responsible
- to cause to appear or be stupid, foolish, or absurdly illogical
- to impair, invalidate, or make ineffective : NEGATE b : to have a dulling or inhibiting effect on.