Nobody asked but …
If you must declare yourself independent, you are not free. If you were truly independent, from whom are you independent?
You are born free — a fact which is separate from any declaration.
When you are told to wear a mask, whether you do or don’t does not establish obedience. If one must get any kind of go-ahead from others, self-reliance is not one’s first problem.
I am not going to tell you what I have done for the past year. You don’t need to know. I don’t need for you to know.
— Kilgore Forelle