“Liberty is the breath of life to nations.”
George Bernard Shaw
On this Independence Day, I am so grateful for the privilege that American citizens enjoy. Liberty and freedom are a priceless gift, and as recipients of them, I think we often take these gifts for granted because we are a generation who has inherited, rather than purchased, them. Today in the midst of celebration, I think it’s good to reflect on the people who gave their lives for the love of this country, for their belief in freedom, and their conviction that every human being has a right to live freely and practice their own conscience without fear of reprisal.
“We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.”
Robert J. McCracken
Because our freedom cost millions of lives to secure over the years, it is something that we should value and treasure. It is also something that we shouldn’t hoard to ourselves. Because of the shelter this country has given to immigrants over the years, my great-grandparents were able to leave lives of poverty in one country and raise their families here, allowing my grandparents to grow up and live the American dream, and in turn passing on that privilege to their descendants. Liberty is something that we inherit, but, much like wealth, we must protect, preserve, and invest it wisely in order to ensure its preservation for future generations.
Happy Birthday, America!
With gratitude for life, liberty, and freedom,
Top photo: taken while visiting the U.S.S. Constitution last summer.
Middle photo: from a visit to the Tate a couple of years ago.