Our treatment of both older people and children reflects the value we place on independence and autonomy. We do our best to make our children independent from birth. We leave them all alone in rooms with the lights out and tell them, Go to sleep by yourselves. And the old people we respect most are the ones who will fight for their independence, who would sooner starve to death than ask for help.
No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.
I am lord of myself, accountable to none.
The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off.