Satio, Aletha, and Illustro
The motto that the Restorers of the Forgotten Freedom adopted is Virtue, Vigilance, and Valor. We believe that these three words, when followed by individuals throughout a society, allow for freedom to prevail. When even one part is ignored, it is only a matter of time before that freedom is taken from you.
Throughout history, ancient cultures greatly valued those who exhibited moral excellence. Many of the great philosophers stressed the importance of a society being virtuous, as they recognized that virtue was necessary to keep things running smoothly. A virtuous society will have charity for the poor and sick; a virtuous person won’t be stealing, murdering, lying, or doing other things that disrupt peaceful daily life. Virtue comes to English from a Latin word meaning manly. This tells us that anciently, the moral values we attribute to virtue were required to even be considered a man in society. We ought to strive for the same thing: A society in which virtue is considered the basis of simply being an adult and a participant in society. When a people is virtuous, everything else falls into place, including vigilance and valor, which is why virtue is the most important trait for individuals in society to have.
Caesar Rodney raced 80 miles, on horseback, through a fierce thunderstorm and arrived at Independence Hall’s doorstep in time to cast his decisive vote. Even though he suffered severe health ailments, he fought through to preserve and protect liberty. Knowing it to be just as important as living a virtuous life, constant vigilance is the only way to protect liberty. As Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
Vigilance originates from the bold Latin term, vigilantia, which is interpreted as “wakefulness, watchfulness, and attention.” Further defining the term definition today; “carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger.” From these two, an idea of actively protecting appears. When one obtains something of great worth, they will do all they can to guard and protect that possession. Flags all around the world symbolize vigilance and perseverance through the color blue. Because this widely recognized trait is so critically important to maintaining liberty, people worldwide should strive to live with vigilance.
“It is not the size of the dog in the fight, it is the size of the fight in the dog.” In this classic quote, Mark Twain provides a clear example of not only the meaning, but also the worth of valor. Valor is derived through French influence from the late Latin word valere, which means “be strong.” It is synonymous with the words heroism, spirit, and courage, which further depict its meaning. Twain invokes the imagery of a fight between two dogs: the first dog is large and powerfully-built, whereas the other isn’t quite as intimidating or naturally talented. Though the larger dog appears to have the advantage at first, the other dog perseveres beyond the point where any other would surrender, until finally landing a decisive strike on its opponent, defeating its larger and seemingly more powerful adversary.
America began as the underdog. Thirteen colonies were a small part of the Greater British Empire when the colonists decided to fight for their God-given rights. The British Army was composed of career soldiers that were better disciplined, better trained, and better equipped than the colonists; however, the colonists had an advantage over the British. They were fighting for their families, their lands, and for what they knew was right. The founding generation showed great valor in continuing the fight long after it appeared that they would lose. The British beat the American forces repeatedly, but the states did not give up, and decided that it would fight to the end. This spirit of valor eventually led to the end of the Revolutionary War and the birth of the United States of America. This heritage is a keystone of patriotic spirit and culture, an heirloom to be cherished by the citizens of modern day America, and should continue to be utilized as such for the betterment of human society. Coupled effectively with vigilance and virtue, valor will ensure that the iron bands of oppression never restrain the American citizen from living a free, fulfilling life.
In conclusion, the values of virtue, vigilance, and valor are essential to the well-being of society, and are thus our motto.
~Satio, Aletha, and Illusto