THIS WEEK’S THEME: Día de la Independencia
Since 4th of July is Independence Day in the United States, I thought it would be a good theme for this week’s post. Although this is a United States holiday, I wish more people in the world would think of it as their holiday also. Back in the 18th Century, many expected the United States to be a beacon of freedom and also to welcome all in search of a better life to our shores.
I feel at times like we have lost our way, but then something happens to reassure me we are on the right course. I guess it is a couple of steps forward and a step backwards, before we advance again.
I believe the more we can do to eliminate ignorance, the fewer backwards steps will be taken. I devoted Chapter 44 of my book to the importance of taking time to study and to become more open to considering new approaches to every thing we encounter.
SELF-HELP BOOKS IN ADDITION TO MY OWN
This week’s recommendation is the book Common Sense, by Thomas Paine. I really like the Editor’s Introduction in the Penguin Classics edition of the book, since it tells the history of Thomas Paine, one of founders of the United States of America.
As for the importance of this book, John Adams, our second president, says it far better than I can. John Adams said, “Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.”
MOVIE OF THE WEEK
I just had to recommend Independence Day.
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind’s best weapon is the will to survive. (Description Source: IMDB)
QUOTE FOR THE WEEK
I know the quote below is generally taken out of context and a couple of words are missing, but I believe Ben would have approved.
Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.
Source: Benjamin Franklin
THIS WEEK’S POLL
RESULTS OF LAST WEEK’S POLL – No poll last week
THIS WEEK’S JOKES
What did one flag say to the other flag?
Nothing. It just waved!
From Eloise, age 9, Charlottesville, VA
Teacher: “Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?”
Student: “On the bottom!”
From Christy, age 14, Denver, CO
What did King George think of the American colonists?
He thought they were revolting!
From Scott, age 11, Colorado
Source: Jokes by Kids
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