Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence Day

On July 4, 1776, the world changed forever.  The American Declaration of Independence was ratified and signed by the members of Congress declaring a free nation from the hands of its Mother Country, England.  It had never been done
before and it led to France and other nations deposing their monarchical governments in favor of a more egalitarian democracy.  It is a profound disappointment to me that in the last century the government has shifted in taking its orders from the heads of corporations.  We no longer are free as our forefathers were.  But on that day, this radical spark of freedom stemming from the heart and the bravery of the disenchanted had begun.  It wasn’t perfect.  Slavery still existed for another four score and nine years and the rights for all minorities and for all women wouldn’t shift for another two centuries, but a seed was certainly and most powerfully planted for the rest to follow.  It is a great honor for me to applaud these people who stood for what was true in their Souls.  Perhaps on this 238th anniversary we can look within to embrace the Divine Freedom within each of us.

Excerpted from Thomas Jefferson’s document:

"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."

Brilliant ideas coming from such a young nation.

On another note, the film 1776 portrays a nearly accurate representation of the events that occurred at that time and is not only a fun watch, it is also most beautifully acted. Even this dated movie from 1972 is utterly brilliant in its presentation.

Thank you for reading and Namaste! (The Light in me recognizes the Light in you!)