I was planning to deliver a fireside chat podcast, but forgive me for not doing it today. Yes, it’s the Fourth of July here, and a national holiday, but the reality is that I got sick again. Just feeling low energy at the moment. So let me recover and most likely I will feel much better tomorrow and can do it then.
Meanwhile, I hope everyone is well and, if you are an American, you spent at least a little bit of time reflecting on the American Experiment. There are always problems and shortcomings with that experiment — many, too many, perhaps. But there is an ideal in there, too. A bold idea that:
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.
Today, almost 250 years later, these words still mean something. More than that, they retain their power to inspire and lead. Even more surprising, they somehow feel subversive. Don’t they?
A few months ago, I purchased and hung in my office a print of a 1940 painting of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. I have it framed and it looks good where it is. I feel that in today’s world, that too is subversive. It’s as though when you see the dream die, you realize just how precious it is. So I believe in preserving it.
I’ll be back tomorrow. Time for Epsom Salt, chamomile, and bed. 🙂