Equality, Safety & The Pursuit of Happiness

I’ve grown to love Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the King and not simply because we broke away from the laws of England but because our Nation had leaders that cared about such things as equality, safety and happiness.

What I find so interesting and at times, depressing, is how incredibly differently we each define what equality, safety and happiness mean from a National standpoint. I hope that person to person we can start to hear one another better and return to this idealist notion that our Government is in place to serve it’s people. To create a framework capable of the evolving that ensures equality and protects our safety, so that we may in fact, pursue happiness and THRIVE. #merica

To me, this means taking food and gun safety seriously and establishing a national culture where people are respected for their differences. America is not a nation of one color, one faith or one voice and in my opinion, that is the greatest thing about us. Everything we are is the result of our own unique diversity, different ideas and personal choices. Look around, we are a blended nation of passionate immigrants. Seriously. I dream of an America where no one is hated or shunned for who they love and where people who practice their personal faith are revered and not publicly mocked.  If someone lives their life in a way that you disagree with, that’s okay, it’s going to happen. Here’s the thing, you get one life to live, yours, not theirs. So live well, be kind. This Country was not meant to be run based on one group of people or one religion, that’s exactly why the Pilgrims fled England in the first place and why Thomas Jefferson sat down and wrote this beautiful letter.

Love to you,

Happy 4th!

A

“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, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

 

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