Friday, July 3

Celebrating Words: Independence Day

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.

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 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.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.


Few compositions have changed the course of world events more than the above preamble. If you are so inclined, you can read the rest of the document here. And once you do, let me know if you still believe that mere words might not have the power to shape a nation. Happy Fourth of July.

Be happy. Be safe. Be grateful. And above all, be free.

3 comments:

mdeals on 7/3/09, 10:57 PM said...

celebrity word with celebrity independence day . Is it great??

Rich on 7/6/09, 9:01 AM said...

Mdeals,

If you're talking about the commercialization of Independence Day, all I can think to say is Independence Day is what we make it.

I spent mine in Santa Barabara, where the daytime parades are still pure and the entire city can see the fireworks between the piers. If there was any advertising to be seen or celebrity endorsements, I must have missed them except at one museum where we received a 20 percent discount. The date was more of an excuse to have a "sale," than a real point of purchase moment. At least, in my opinion.

Best,
Rich

Avenir labs on 7/10/09, 3:40 AM said...

Kind for your information Rich thats mdeals opinion.they dont want your suggestion.

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