Saturday, July 02, 2011
Our celebration pertaining to the American colonies declaration of independence from the regal monarchy of the British Empire carries significant lessons for those journeying towards and on a better lifestyle. Lost to lore in the depictions of glorified battles and personal horrors are the intertwined facets of desire, commitment, choice and virtue. Many seemingly unrelated choices and actions created the conditions for the birth of a nation.
Again, lost in the historical diatribe is the 13 years of bitter warring, savagery, and selfish dominion that transcended the colonies and territories until an angrily hammered contract of commitment with civil discourse arose. This contract, the Constitution of the United States of America, is a commitment by all parties to put aside savage and unprofitable behaviors in favor of civil discussion and procedural fairness. I will not discuss the current condition of this contract nor the violation by all parties as to their breaches and felonious actions. Rather, I reflect on the results ensuing from the commitment by a nation of people, divergent in race, culture, creed, and ideology whose successes, marred by personal failure, confirm the greatest virtues eventually are victorious.
All of this prose leads to the discussion of eventualities. To obtain, maintain, and perpetuate any decision a truly independent act must occur. A personal choice, with serious mediation on personal values, will lead to the eventuality sought. Only time will demonstrate these results for the rest of the world to see as only the true values will emerge. Therein lay the rub of independence.
Independence is not free, nor is freedom. Constant vigilance against apathy, boredom, and loss of focus is the price to pay. We pay this price with the commitment to our goals in the actions and internal discourse concerning seemingly unrelated decisions. We will stumble; and lest we not arise again, we will succeed.
So fear not, as fear seizes the wheels of thoughts and actions. See the choices lying before you. Choose wisely remembering nobody has your own self-interest more than you do. Commit to the goals you set. Contractually obligate yourself to these goals. Perish any thoughts concerning failure. Then, freedom and independence are yours.
Think it. Know it. Do it.
Be at Peace
(Happy 4th of July!)