“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 single phrase is often referred to as the most well known sentence in the English language and historians refer to it as the most potent and consequential of words in American history. Those words mark the beginning of the united colonies declaration of freedom from the British. They also mark the beginning of our freedom to pursue a different way of life. In that declaration our brave founders recognized that there were two sides to freedom:
– From the British
–To pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Our founders knew that it was not going to be enough to be free from the British but that we needed to be free to pursue things differently. They knew in their great wisdom that because the cost was so great the reward should be as well.
The two sides of freedom are what make our country so great today. Our founders were guided by three simple principles – love, service, and generosity – the ultimate expressions of freedom.
So as you gather freely today, to celebrate openly, remember you are celebrating more than your freedom from but your freedom to as well. And take a minute to remember and celebrate all of those courageous men and women who have and are fighting for our freedoms. I wish you a happy and safe 4th!