Letter: The Declaration of Independence
Angry, divisive, political rhetoric has created a huge chasm between us. These days it is a heartbreaking fact of life. I often say to myself, “This too shall pass.” However, until it does, I find comfort in these words of the Declaration of Independence, “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.”
Considered an act of high treason and heresy against the British Crown, the Declaration of Independence was written by men who thought it would lead to their death warrants – still they wrote it. I want to remember the reasons and the need for this courageous act of defiance by the founders. Because of their courage, and in the face of great adversity, we now enjoy the fruits of their labors: liberty and freedom.
Today, we are divided in ways that prevent our right of reasonable discourse. We need each other, and we need to talk to each other about the critical, often painful, issues of the day. Even when the conversation becomes heated, we must keep talking. Respect other points of view because it is through friendly debate that we teach one another, and we learn valuable historical lessons from each other. Our diversity makes our nation strong and enviable. In my most fervent prayer each day, I ask to be reminded of the good fortune and great blessings that come to us as American citizens.