We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Much like the saying, "those who can, do". " Those who can't, teach."
Cilla Mitchell, Galveston Texas
What does "stood up to live" mean? Sounds like pompous gobbledygook to me.
Some of our greatest novelists -- Jane Austen, or the Bronte sisters, for example -- led rather shelthered or parochial lives. That doesn't mean they didn't have any stories to tell, or meaningful thoughts to share.
In addition, the literary world has forever been riddled with depressives, alcoholics, drug addicts, suicides and numerous other neuroses. Is that "standing up to live?"