Sunday, July 4, 2010

Independence Day

On this day 234 years ago 13 colonies declared their independence from Britain. Who was to know that this would be such a momentous event? The document that led to the creation of our country, the Declaration of Independence was considered high treason at the outset but it was believed necessary by our founders. Have you read the Declaration of Independence lately? It is an amazing document. It's words so eloquent and its meaning so clear...

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

It's funny what you notice about people on days like today. Just walking around you can almost sense the feelings that allude to pride and in some people... gratefulness. Although, I don't sense the latter as much as the former. Yes, we have accomplished so much yet there is more to be done. We should be grateful that we are afforded these unalienable Rights and be mindful of what it has taken and what we have lost to gain them. We must also remember that although we take these rights for granted as "human rights" they are not provided equally across humanity. Yes, we should take pride and give thanks for the history and events that created our great nation, yet we must also take stock of how we intend to continue. It is a smaller world than it was those 234 years ago and our fates seem even more intertwined. We are not so different as we sometimes think we all are. We would do well to remember that. 

To those who committed high treason against Britain and its King all that time ago, Cheers! 

"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."

Happy Birthday America!

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