In a formal sense I completely agree. Personally, however, I tend to have a bit of a lazy sense of freedom (that I manage to a practical degree to keep in check) to want to do exactly what I want to do when I want to do it. Thus it is impractical for me to get involved in organizations. And so my freedom in some aspects is a form of self imprisonment. This makes me a loner, yet I manage to be a very sociable one.

Sorry to sound so self-absorbed. Just trying to clarify a point.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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