Laced up Lutheran

“You need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps.”

I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase before. The intention is that you need to be self-sufficient.

I’d like to challenge the notion though. I don’t believe anyone is self-sufficient or ever has been. It’s a lie. You literally can’t get through the day without having been helped in some way, shape, or form, by someone else. If you drive, you are driving on roads that someone else built, in a vehicle that was designed by someone else, and built by someone else. Every day, you are touched by many people and what they do to make your life easier. This extends to food, housing, transportation, technology, entertainment, knowledge, family, etc. But if the intellectual argument doesn’t make you question this old saying, try this:

Put on a pair of boots. (or some kind of shoes with laces). Now sit on the…

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