Thursday, July 04, 2013
Happy Independence Day - Celebrate Our Values
Aren't these wonderful words to ponder? It's only by accident of birth that I was fortunate to be born in a land with such overreaching and altruistic ideals.
I think about that especially when disasters occur in countries which lack the resources to deal with them; when I read of genocide or rampant AIDS in parts of Africa; when I correspond with a young artist friend whose family moves from country to country seeking asylum from religious persecution and violence.
The Declaration of Independence
"This has been called 'one of the best-known sentences in the English language', containing 'the most potent and consequential words in American history.' The passage came to represent a moral standard to which the United States should strive.
This view was notably promoted by Abraham Lincoln, who considered the Declaration to be the foundation of his political philosophy, and argued that the Declaration is a statement of principles through which the United States Constitution should be interpreted.
It has inspired work for the rights of marginalized people throughout the world. It provided inspiration to numerous national declarations of independence throughout the world." ~ from Wikipedia
Enjoy the picnics, parades, free time with loved ones, patriotic music and fireworks today. Also count your blessings. Even in the toughest of times, we're better off than millions elsewhere.
Have a wonderful 4th of July!
This scrapbook layout was created in Photoshop CS5 with the following digital products:
• JessicaSprague - papers;
• Scrap Girls - layout template, ribbons, and scripts;
• Fotolia - Declaration of Independence image.