July 2nd, 1776. Philadelphia. A document is signed that will forever change the world’s ideas of government. A Declaration of Independence is issued from a nation that is little more then 13 colonies who can’t get along, but agree on one important issue. That freedom is for all mankind, and they at last are demanding their share of it.
What an amazing feeling that must have been to stand outside the hall, waiting for the moment when it comes; the bells, and cheers, the knowledge that no matter what, you’ve done it. You’ve declared your independence to the world.
Back here in 2014, how many of us actually celebrate the Fourth like it originally was meant to be celebrated? I like to think of it as a renewal of those words from long ago in the hearts of Americans, relearning what we were supposed to memorize in Middle school.
“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 could put the whole Declaration up, it is such a mesmerizing and poetic piece of work!
This is what I think of on the Fourth. Not fireworks (though that does come close second… I am American after all!) and certainly not silly hats and beer.
Now, I am not accusing America of not taking to heart the truth about the Fourth, there are to many people out there who’ve lost someone in the pursuit of independence to not understand. But often people can get swept in the flow, and forget.
Do not forget.
There are men and women fighting for your freedom that this document secured for you over 200 years ago. The least you could do is read it once more, and let yourself be amazed that this mighty nation was born from this small piece of paper.
I know I will.
Oh, and if you haven’t seen The Patriot with Mel Gibson (*gasp*) please go watch it.
This is the week to after all. 🙂
God Bless America!
P.S. There will be more liberty themed posts upcoming.