Sunday, July 4, 2010

Independence Day

Happy Independence Day, everyone!
I can't believe how lucky I am to live in this country at this time. Freedom to live how I choose, in a Gospel that I have chosen. I think in many ways we misunderstand freedom. Many people decide that it makes it so they can do whatever they want. Which, in all reality, its our choices that make us free or not. Our choices have consequences, and they will determine whether or not we will have future choices to make. And, despite the fact that we all have the freedom to choose what we do, it is a freedom that only extends to where it is not interfering with others' freedoms, with others' ability to choose. Which is why we have set up laws, and consequences given by others than yourself. For example, though we have the freedom to choose to go out and speed tomorrow, there is a danger towards others that may infringe upon their own freedoms. So our country has set up law enforcement to protect the freedom of others. You could go kill someone, but that is obviously against the Divine Right to life (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness) - therefore, although you had the freedom to choose whether or not you would go do it, it will judge whether or not you will be able to make any future choices.

The same goes with "Free Agency" - the freedom to choose the choice, but once you make the choice, your future choices may or may not be limited in the future.

(Independence Day Quotes - Enjoy!)

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.
Dick Cheney

It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism.
J. Horace McFarland

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.
Hamilton Fish

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