Over the last few days I have been musing about the Declaration of Independence, and about the men who risked everything by participating in a revolution. When we think about the Declaration most of us focus on the second paragraph, which sets forth the foundational principles of our nation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
As important as that great statement is, the one that concludes this remarkable testament to freedom and self-determination. Without absolute obedience to this final statement, the war for independence would most certainly have been lost.
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
And my musing brings me to a series of questions for us as heirs of these remarkable first Americans. Do we rely on the protection of divine providence? Or do we rely only on ourselves? Would we, in this age, pledge our lives and our fortunes to each other for any great and noble cause? Do we even understand the meaning of sacred honor?