"Don Quixote has created himself and he leaves at dawn, the beginning of a new day, of a new life, and sets out on the Montiel Plain alone. It is a willed beginning from zero, from a voluntary severing of ties with any possible determining force except for the loss of chivalry and for literature. It is a moment of freedom, of freedom achieved, freedom from the past.” Professor Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria
"It is common, then, to all beginnings to be the first point from which a thing either is or comes to be or is known...Hence the nature of a thing is a beginning, and so is the element of a thing, and thought and will and essence and the final cause- for the good and the beautiful and the beautiful are the beginning both of the knowledge and of the movement of many things." Aristotle ("the philosopher"), Metaphysics
Many of us are fearful of selecting this approach because it is filled with uncertainty and requires great courage and tenacity. The cages and chains surrounding us are in some ways more comforting as they are FAMILIAR. In our failure to exhibit courage in this way, we (as individuals) fall very much short of the ideals of the very culture in which we live, a culture that has experienced and celebrated many willed beginnings from zero. Can we characterize the American Revolution, the re-establishment of the Union after the Civil War, the Civil Rights movement, or the re-building of NYC after 9/11 as anything but willed beginnings from zero? What would the US look like without these willed beginnings from zero? Nothing like it does now. Nothing like a nation that we would wish to live in.