When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.I think these are powerful words that ring true for all people in all ages. These timeless, immortalized words quickly sum up the reason for our existence, and the purpose of all man-kind's endeavors: to be free. What it means to be free has many different layers that have been expounded upon in volomes of texts, written by men and women with far greater intellect than mine.
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.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
So it should suffice to say that being free means that we're not bound to the shackles of hopelessness, emptiness, and misery. No man who is a slave can ever be happy, because a slave is not permitted to live his life as he sees fit. The sad thing is that we're all slaves in some way. Some of us are slaves to our desires and passions. Others are slaves to their own minds, trapped in their stubborn, narrow perspectives of the world.
So on Indepedence Day we should all ask ourselves one of the most important questions a person can introspectively pose: what chains bind me?
Many Americans whine and complain that we're becoming a "police state," and that we're losing our freedom. Most Americans have no clue what it's like to have their rights violated. As most of us take a day off of work tomorrow, don't forget that there are those who will be slaving away for their masters.
As you toss back a couple of ice cold beers, remember that some people in the world can be sent to jail for doing that.
And as we proudly watch our firework displays, being thankful that we live in a country of such wealth and leisure, just remember that we are more free than many people on this planet. Be thankful for that freedom, and never forget that it comes at a steep price.
Never forget that some men and women paid the ultimate price for our free day-off and 4th of July barbeques. And always remember that the day may come when you, too, have to make that sacrifice, because the price of freedom is one that is never fully paid.
Live Free or Die!
|Happy Independence Day!!!|
(Sorry Jersey, you can't expect me to be 100% serious)