Very true points you make.
I feel a similar way, that is: does the satisfaction I feel when I see someone kicking ass for liberty temporarily relax my own vigor/motivation to kick ass for liberty myself? Much like your football example, although I personally find watching football boring and would much rather play it.
It is exactly for this reason that I am attending a Ron Paul type activist training event this month. If someone does a liberty furthering act each month that persons acts will add up and hopefully that person will no longer see themselves as living through the actions of others but fulfilling their inner voice.
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