We love the 4th of July!!!!
Last year as part of our homeschooling journey I read the Declaration of Independence to my children on the 4th of July.
We discussed the meaning of the word choices in this declaration, the importance of the risk and the stand that our forefathers took in proclaiming their independence… and the sacrifices they made to lay the foundation of the country we live in today.
“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.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long-established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
– excerpt from The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
Today, I thank the founding fathers of the United States of America, for showing me on very deep level that sometimes facing a big transition, no matter how many unknowns may lie ahead, is preferable to withstanding an old dynamic.