On this Fourth of July birthday of American Independence and freedom, I want to relay a sentiment I heard spoken by a great veteran, John Wayne Whaland. “The best way to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom is to Live Life Well.” Live well, Americans, and celebrate our freedom and thank anyone who spent part of their life in service to America. Thank you, Veterans, alive and past, who made this the greatest country to live in.
Today is the American Independence Day. July 4, 1776 the American experiment began. While it is not a perfect country it is, at least for now, a place for all to be free.
One of the most fundamental human traits is that all humans yearn to be free. Without freedom we can hardly be human. There are those throughout the world who think they can take this away. But not religion, politics, or even cultures can keep humans from wanting to be free. Humans will fight against all odds to obtain freedom. I thank God for those patriots, both men and women, who fought and died and those who lived to make this country what it has become. I will also fight to keep this country free and under the Constitution of the United States.
Today is also the Independence Day for the people of Egypt. This is their second such fight. It shows we don’t always get it right on the first try but we can fight to change the wrong and start again. Unlike our American President, I wholeheartedly support the citizens of Egypt. I support freedom. I especially support the women of Egypt whom the previous regime tried to suppress. It seems those in power forgot one thing: ALL humans yearn to be free.
As I said, America is not perfect. Unfortunately, there will never be a perfect place as we live at this moment. In America we had to fight a Civil War to undo some of the injustices done to some citizens of this country. Later women fought, though not a war of blood, to also earn their place as free and equal citizens. Today it occurred to me that where our Founding Fathers got it wrong was in the simple wording of the Declaration of Independence. By simply changing one word in that document, we could have avoided the wars we fought for equality and freedom. It is a word I hope the politicians and religious leaders in Egypt will rally around as they forge for a free country. What is that one word? Human. All humans long to be free. If the Declaration of Independence had said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Humans are created equal, (take out the word men) 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 Humans, (take out the word men) deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” we could have avoided the pitfalls of our Civil War and some of the amendments that were needed to revise the problems the word ‘men’ caused. (Above quotation is from the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence.) I realize that the word ‘men’ was used in place of ‘human’ as they did not understand the far reaching consequences of a simple word change. But for a simple word change we could have established a more perfect country.
I pray that the people of Egypt will use ‘human’ to express that all should be free and equal regardless of their religion for it is not the religion that is wrong but the use of religions to enslave them. There is much good in religion. Unfortunately, some humans interpret its meanings in ways to empower themselves and crush others. Personally, I think religion should be between an individual and his Creator. Humans should be allowed to worship as they chose or if they chose, to not believe. If we could all learn to live this simply, we could avoid offending and being offended. But this a topic for another day.
The underlying theme today is “All humans yearn to be free”. It is an unalienable right given to all humans by their Creator. Freedom, yes freedom, rings. We all need to fight for freedom for humans, men and women, in all countries of the world.