Quick Question: What are We Celebrating Today?

Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson

It’s the 4th of July!  A big holiday, with most people not working, with lots of us going on picnics, parties, and maybe even going to watch some fireworks tonight: Awesome!!!  Woo-hoo!!!  Which is all good.  But in case you want to know why we as a country celebrate the 4th of July, take a moment to read the following quote from one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, to realize what we are REALLY celebrating.  Or should I say, what we should be celebrating.  It all became effective 238 years ago today.  And it almost seems as if it is time for some new form of government, or at least that is how I feel after reading the compelling quote below.  Do you have the same feeling too?

“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 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. 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.”
~Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence

Happy 4th of July!


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Sadhvi's trying to find the balance in life over 50 without having any surgery, taking any pills, or killing anyone. She doesn't want to look or feel the way she felt when she was 20 or 30. Trusting that everything is really OK unless you think about it helps her make it through each day. Also realizing that nothing can be done, and, that nothing matters really helps. Gardening (and weeding), poppies and flowers, painting on things, baking, and sharing on Oops50 helps to make it all right too.

7 thoughts on “Quick Question: What are We Celebrating Today?

  1. Great reminder Sadhvi, but until we can really get along with our neighbors and not fight about religion or political party lines – I guess we will all live in hell here on this earth. I read so much about political things and how people say the President is this or that, but since we have lived thru many Presidents I believe they all try their best – whatever their party line is. I often wonder if Jesus came down today what he would think of us being so hateful with words that are put on Facebook – remember you can’t take these words back. Maybe the thing for us to do is put on the ballot that people in The House and Congress serve only 2 terms like The President does. These are my thought == and we did not see fireworks here – it was pouring rain in Vegas.

  2. @Ramapada: wow, you know I forgot about the role that we, the people, play in all of this madness and corruption. Thanks for the reminder that it is not just “us” and “them”.

  3. @Sandesh: thanks for being one of our male readers! And what you’ve written, I have to share it again, because it’s what I am feeling too.

    “I’ve come to see that we are not here to change the world, but to live it out, transform ourselves by ‘growing a soul’ and ultimately transcend… Spirit is the harmony and perfection we are evolving towards.”

    Thanks for still caring and being there.

  4. Sadhvi,
    Benjamin Franklin gave a spectacular speech on the closing of the Continental Congress in 1787 after crafting the Bill of Rights and the Constitiution.
    He was very old and hadn’t said much during the previous proceedings.
    He extended his approval of their work with a slight addendum:

    “There is no form of government, however well administered, that will not end up in despotism…when the people become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other…”

    I thank him for clearly forseeing the current state of affairs

    Besitos from the Vaterland,

  5. What an very thought-provoking quote from THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.
    Wow, I wish it were that simple to do. I would definitely be declaring that there needs to be a new government for the people and run by the people…not politicians!

  6. Yep, very good observation Sadhvi.
    I’ll bet a lot of people would like to throw out the scum, but the ‘catch 22’ is ..how?
    These guys are so powerful, and the structure is so entangled at so many levels, it seems to me the only way its gonna really change now is if there is world wide catastrophe…wiping out most of so -called ‘civilisation’ (which is eminent down the road before long anyway).
    Not to mention that most of humanity is too busy just surviving and compensating for all the insanity!
    Also it’s not possible in this dualistic world, it was never and will never be perfect, balanced or harmonious…its just not inherent in the very structure of reality.

    I’ve come to see that we are not here to change the world, but to live it out, transform ourselves by ‘growing a soul’ and ultimately transcend…
    Spirit is the harmony and perfection we are evolving towards.

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