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I've been giving some thought lately to all the rhetoric going on around the news and around the world in relation to the United States.  No, I'm not going to use this space to go on a long diatraub about what's wrong with everyone.  Instead, I'm going to spend this precious space and your precious time talking about what's right.  It may be shocking or annoying or whatever to some, but I don't really give a damn.

I recently watched a movie that reminded a part of me what is so great about our country.  The movie was referring to a portion of the Declaration of Independence.  It specifically, although seriously paraphrased, highlighted what I believe is the most important principle in enabling our country to enjoy so much prosperity for so long.  This same principle applies to what each of us does every day and in every thought, word, and action we take.  That principle is this...

Those who possess the capability, inherently have the responsibility to enact change.

Wow, seemingly simple thought.  Often overlooked thought.  If you think of all the ramifications that single thought possesses, you could spend hours staring at that one sentence.  It applies to everything.  So, to keep this brief, after our Thanksgiving season and now coming upon our winter holiday season (Christmas for me, but celebrate however makes you and your family feel peace), think about that sentence - that thought.  What capabilities do you have (were you given) and what does that mean in terms of your responsibility in using them?  I know what that means for me and I use this thought every day to drive my words and actions.  I'm far, far from perfect, but I know that I'm trying and that is akin to taking the path less traveled in today's world.  So, as Robert Frost would say, I happily take the path less traveled and that my friends, has made all the difference.

Peace and love to you and your families this holiday season and God bless you and this great country of ours!


Posted on Friday, December 2, 2005 1:11 AM | Back to top

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I really hope this is not meant to be some veiled support for being in Iraq.

It reminds me of a similar quote:
"With great power comes great responsibility" - Spider Man

I know this is an extreme case, but at one point Nazi Germany has the power to enact change, and they tried to do it, and it is considered one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the world.

That quote was created with the oppressed individual in mind - not the powerful leader. The powerful leader also has responsibility for change, but with the additional overhead of a responsibilty for doing what is right.
Left by Ron Shelton on Dec 02, 2005 5:32 AM

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Thanks Ron. You bring up some great points. My comments were more about just feeling good about the liberties our country enjoys and that many of us, myself included, sometimes take for granted. My intention was to make any points about what got us here, other than to say I appreciate the words and intentions of the Declaration of Independence and the men's motivations for such words.

War is one aspect of attaining freedom. I am uncertain of my feelings about the Iraq war because I don't have enough information to have informed feelings. That said, it's hard to deny that the Revolutionary War was fairly important in the liberties we enjoy today as Americans. I'm in NO WAY comparing these two endeavors. Just keep in mind that back in the mid-1700's, the idea of a revolutionary war to declare our freedom from England most likely wouldn't have been too popular either. I'm sure glad our ancestors took those bold actions, made those unpopular choices, make enormous sacrifices, and stood by the principles of liberty and justice for all and the notion of representative government. Let's not fall prey to the press on current affairs. Let's also not fall prey to our leaders on those same affairs. We are fortunate to have our ability to choose. While I may disagree with the initiatives to give Iraq their freedom, I'd be rather hypocritical to say they don't deserve it, considering how much I treasure my own.
Left by Brian Tinkler on Dec 02, 2005 5:39 PM

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