“Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” Benjamin Franklin
When my kids were little, we celebrated July 4th or Independence Day with all the pomp and pageantry it deserved; cook outs, barbeques, desserts galore, and the trip down to the waterfront to enjoy the fireworks and other entertainment organized by the village. We invited friends and neighbors over, and it was one of the few times we had several members of a family in one room. The kids loved the chance to run wild with their friends and all was well with the world… But what did it all really mean? Those gatherings reminded us of the importance of our personal freedom; our right to congregate and enjoy a meal with others without feeling as if we were under siege. We didn’t have to worry about living in a war zone, enduring food rations or any of the proverbial spoils of war. In this regard, we are fortunate in America, and we must remember to treat this day with reverence and gratitude for the Freedom and Peace we enjoy.
“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” Albert Einstein
Now that the kids are older, we don’t celebrate in quite the same way. We have a small family affair and may/may not invite a few friends over. It is still a happy occasion but different. As a matter of fact, this year, for America’s 235th birthday, we plan to celebrate the day quietly with a focus on offering prayers for peace; personal, national, and global peace. Peace is a term most don’t spend much time thinking about until they are on the verge of losing it or when all is lost to strife and war. Living in a democratic nation means we are protected from chaos and anarchy, and enjoy other protections under the law… I think it is important to remember on this day the value of our freedom, our independence and our history. Enjoy your meals and have a terrific July 4th celebration! More below!
“So, Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism” E. M. Forster
Below is a summary or an amended portion from the Declaration of Independence.
All men are created equal and there are certain unalienable rights that governments should never violate. These rights include the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. When a government fails to protect those rights, it is not only the right, but also the duty of the people to overthrow that government. In its place, the people should establish a government that is designed to protect those rights.
The colonial governments tried to reach a peaceful reconciliation of these differences with Great Britain, but were continually ignored. Colonists who appealed to British citizens were similarly ignored, despite their shared common heritage and their just cause. After many peaceful attempts, the colonists have no choice but to declare independence from Great Britain.
The new nation will be called the United States of America and will have no further connections with Great Britain. The new government will reserve the right to levy war, make peace, make alliances with foreign nations, conduct trade, and do anything else that nations do.
Every nation deserves the same inalienable rights… Enjoy yours. Happy 4th to YOU! Happy Independence Day! Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? What does July 4th mean to you? What are your celebration plans? What do you do differently? Do share! Thank you.
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience!
Positive Motivation Tip: Be happy for the blessings of the 4th and celebrate.
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