Independence Day; Standing Up For What’s Right
Today is the Fourth of July. On this day, in the year 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence which declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation.
A new nation whose purpose was to be free from the oppressive and tyrannical governance of Great Britain, and to ensure that through a carefully devised method of new government, authoritative power could not collect in any one place allowing the few to rule over the many.
Many Americans feel that the 4th of July represents rebellion, the revolutionary act of breaking from the old and blazing a trail of new, but I would argue that it goes deeper than that, deep down to the base reality of our experience as human beings. I would argue that it is about the Truth as we universally understand it, and standing up for that Truth against any and all odds.
In arguably one of the most recognizable sentences in American history we get a glimpse of the rare intellects behind the drafting of The Declaration of Independence;
“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.” -The Declaration of Independence
The older and more experienced I become the more I realize that there is a very real and universal Truth that we are all aware of (at least to some degree). It is difficult to identify at first, maybe because we are isolated as we experience alone, our sensory limitations keeping us bound within ourselves. But as we grow and live and learn, and more importantly as we share our experiences with each other, we come to the understanding that even though we are going it alone, at any given moment we can be sure that what we are feeling and thinking has been experienced over and over again by others just like us. It is amazing how alike we all are. No matter what we feel or think it is a safe bet to say you are not alone.
This is the universal truth I am referring to. We are all human beings, and while we may act differently, think differently, feel differently, it is because we are at different places experientially. If we all experienced exactly the same things we would agree most of the time, and this is why within one culture it is seen one way predominantly, and within another it is seen a different way.
America is founded on the truth that we are all human beings, with the same rights to freedom and the pursuit happiness as any one else. We are born with these unalienable rights, our birthright it a free and happy life! Our forefathers where no dummies, and they must have been wise and learned men to lay the groundwork of our Great Nation with Truth.
The most American thing you can do is to stand up for Truth, stand up and denounce the deception and corruption that keeps us divided. This Fourth of July lets go forth with Wisdom of our forefather on our minds; that we are all created equal, and we all have unalienable rights to Life Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. This is a Universal Truth that we as Americans must hold to, because anything less and we will fall prey to the deceptions that lead to corruption, and eventually tyrannical and oppressive governance.
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