Everyone is celebrating the “Fourth of July.” Why?
There is nothing to celebrate about any given day in July. It is not July 4 that we celebrate, but independence.
The holiday this week is “INDEPENDENCE DAY”! What is so hard about saying that? Yet, signs and ads and commentaries all identify it as the “Fourth of July’. So wide spread is the phenomenon that one has to wonder about the resistance to embracing independence.
Anyone who enjoys living their life the way they choose, should be totally exuberant about this celebration, because that is what it’s all about.
Grade school history may have taught that it was some old men declaring war on Great Britain, but its significance is far, far deeper. The declaration of independence that underscored the severance of the new world from the old, was the truly revolutionary idea that the individual citizen is an independent being.
It was the first time, ever, that human beings shouted a resounding “no,” to being the property of the state – to being the vassals of Kings, the slaves of rulers, the victims of tyrants, or the shared resource of a collective. It was the first time in history that average citizens declared that they had a right to exist as individuals. It was the first time that “the people” structured a government around that idea.
The fact is, to be an American is to be the beholder of an idea, far more so than a resident of some specific piece of geography-- an idea that has hugely impacted all of world history – an idea which inspires and beckons people everywhere – which makes “Independence Day” an occasion for celebration everywhere. It matters not what day in which month.
That’s why these words should be held as forever sacred to anyone who holds any personal desires, wishes, aspirations or dreams:
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 to 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 shown 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. --Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.