Identity, Liberty, Humanity
Who We Are: Questions We Should Be Asking
What defines us?
What are we doing with our lives?
Whose fight is this?
What is the good life?
What do you know?
Are there any safe places left to live?
Are we there yet?
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator certain unalienable rights, that among these rights are the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
These are the questions our founding fathers asked themselves 241 short years ago. If only they could see us today.
From Dred Scott to Jim Crow to Michael Brown.
From Susan B. Anthony to Betty Friedan to Malala Yousafzai.
From Harvey Milk to Ellen Degeneres to Chelsea Manning.
Did they know, then, that these words would echo in eternity? That people would spend and lose their lives defending them? Did they know they penned a war cry that would both build people up and destroy them just the same all over the world?
I think they did. Goodness knows the truth always prevails in the end. We are stronger than we know.
The fight is ours. We are not there yet, but we are on our way.
So, what defines you?
pass it on, pay it forward.