One comes into this world alone and one goes out alone. There was a sign (something one would buy in a gift shop) in the 1970′s that said “I lived half my life before I realized it was a do-it-yourself project. Ira Riklis knows that the theme of self-reliance that this conveys is an important life lesson.
In this day of government handouts with more on the horizon, what is really called for is more creativity and self-discipline including fiscal discipline. Everyone knows about that classic intervention of not just giving (or throwing) a fish to someone but actually teaching that someone to fish. Our government seems to have forgotten this but we as individuals need to remember this point of view also.
In addition, Ira Riklis knows that you can control yourself but you really can’t control anyone else. (Controlling ourselves is a hard enough task for some of us.) You can give your best wishes and perhaps offer up some prayers and you can give information or try to educate but you can’t make someone act as you think they should. Knowledge of this fact is the beginning of wisdom and is also very “freeing”.
Independence like this brings to mind all those Clint Eastwood characters in the early spaghetti westerns.