30th Ask Josh – Indefinition

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2008 at 5:36 pm

the captain said…

Define independent.
Dear Captain,
According to

  • adjective 1 free from outside control or influence. 2 (of a country) self governing. 3 not depending on another for livelihood or subsistence. 4 not connected with another; separate. 5 (of broadcasting, a school, etc.) not supported by public funds.

  • noun an independent person or body.

Some interesting entries containing the word independent can be found here on wikipedia.

Wiktionary defines Independent as:

1. A candidate or voter not affiliated with any political party, a free thinker, free of a party platform.

2. A neutral or uncommitted person.

Edward Gibbon once described independence as. “The first of earthly blessings.” [Memoirs of My Life and Writings, p. 88, 1796]

Elbert Hubbard called independence, “An achievement, not a bequest.”

In his famous writings, “Essays,” Montaigne said independence is beyond anything on earth.  His exact words were, “The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”

Walt Whitman asked once what is independence.  He answered his own question immediately by answering, “Freedom from all laws or bonds except those of one’s own being, control’d by the universal ones.” [Democratic Vistas, 1871]

Rousseau said that in order to conquer fortune and everything else, we must first begin by independence.

Other familiar places where you may have heard about independence:

“Let me let go” – Faith Hill

“I want to break free” – Freddy Mercury (Queen)

“Hit the road, Jack. And don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.” – Ray Charles

“There’s a way. And I know that I have to go away.” – Cat Stevens

“Are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God?” – King Benjamin

“When I was young, I never needed anyone.  …  Those days are gone.  All by myself. Don’t wanna live all by myself.” – Eric Carmen

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” – John Donne

“Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” – song quoted by Martin Luther King, Jr., also inscribed upon his epitaph.


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