I do not choose to be common

It is my right to be uncommon – if I can.

I seek opportunity – not security

I want to take the calculated risk:

To dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.

I refuse to barter incentive for a dole.

I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed 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 master

nor bend to any threat.

It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid;

To think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit

of my creations and to face the world

Boldly and say,

This I have done.

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