So - I promised the "moral" of Paul Revere's Ride was timely.
Rather, the man had been hooked in for years. In one of his appendices, Fischer gives a table of lists - patriot groups, the Tea Party participants, the Boston Committee of Correspondence - even an enemies list put together by the crown. Of all those people, just two names were on every list -
Paul Revere and Doctor Warren.
In other words - if something was going down - Paul Revere knew about it. He also knew who needed to know. He knew whose doors to knock on. Most of all - they knew and trusted him.
If anything then, that is the lesson for the coming hard times I think.
Not just the movers and the shakers, but everyone you can.
The stocker at the grocery. The police officer who rides your neighborhood. The guy at the gas station. The pastor who knows who needs help. The shadetree mechanic who could use some work.
And perhaps more importantly - be worth knowing. :)
Finally of course - be honorable. You never know which of your letters will end up in the hands of a Benjamin Church.
Gosh did those guys and gals back then set a tough act to follow.
To it, I guess.