Since I was little I never enjoyed fireworks. There used to a large firework display in a park behind my parents house and every year all the neighbors would get together. I still don’t like them very much. Not sure why! But here is a picture I took in Sydney after the Olympics:
I hope that people get a chance today to read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The Declaration is really what the celebration today is all about.
However, when I read the Declaration and read ‘that all men are created equal’ I can’t help but think that some of the very same people who wrote that went home to a dinner prepared by slaves and were made wealthy because of slaves. They weren’t equal by any stretch of the imagination. I also can’t help but think of the Native Americans, who weren’t equal as well. That is the dilemma of this country. Some people are not able to pursuit life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness because justice is sometimes denied by the majority. We are founded on freedom, yet not all are free. Some actively fight against the freedom of others, and even use religion to do it. That is not what the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are all about.
There is a really good ‘blog swarm’ happening until today. The subject is on the Separation of Church and State. You can read all of the essays here.