Hidden Royalty

for such a time as this

Happy Independence Day

The older I get, the more meaningful these holidays become. And celebrating Independence Day outside of the United States seems to highlight to me the memory of what this day is about, stripped of the parties, food, and fireworks (which I greatly miss).

We hear a lot of talk about the American Dream and about the rights for which men fight so bravely and families sacrifice so much–the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. There is so much accusation thrown about between those who cherish these words and believe in them, and those who see the injustice around us and decry them. I believe that this feud could be settled if we would read a bit further, and linger on the conclusion of this incredible document: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

This is the paradox that speaks to the true value of freedom. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness can only be true and noble in the context of pledging to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor. I think we sometimes have the mindset that those in battle make this pledge so that those back home can enjoy these freedoms. But what if we changed that mindset? What if we valued this sacred pledge as we value our individual freedoms?

Our forefathers proclaimed freedom from tyranny because they wanted to be free to build a society on mutual respect and honor. The independence they craved was from a distant tyrant, not their neighbors. They wanted the freedom to be locally represented by those who understood the reality of their daily lives. The American Dream was not birthed from the desire for personal freedom, but the hunger for authentic community, for countrymen who shared the same values to be free to live according to those values. I know it sounds idealistic, but the freedom to dream is something I value and something that men and women have laid down their lives to fight for.

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July 3, 2012 - Posted by | Thoughts | ,

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