Monday, July 04, 2005

"We hold these truths to be self-evident..."

If you haven't read the Declaration of Independence lately, today would be a good day. Thanks to Paperback Writer for the link.

229 years ago, a group of men had had enough. They could no longer tolerate the intrusion of a despotic government into their lives, their liberties, and their pursuit of happiness. These men straightened their spines and signed their names to a declaration of their beliefs. They pledge that, in support of these principles, they would stake "our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred honor".

That is a truly remarkable statement of resolve. To put everything on the line for your beliefs, not just your life, but your honor, the way you will be remembered for all of recorded history. That is astounding. That is true commitment to your principles. Would that we saw more of that in today's world.

On this day, the anniversary of the day that these statements of principle were published for the entire world to read, I encourage you to reflect seriously on what these men said and did. I encourage you to write out your own Declaration. I encourage you to commit your life, your fortune, and your sacred honor to supporting these ideals without compromise and in the face of public disapproval. Declare your own independence from blind conformity and unreasoning obedience. Declare your intentions to think for yourself, to speak your mind, and to take whatever actions may be required to preserve your freedom to do so.

Happy Independence Day.


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