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What Freedom Makes Possible

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In honor of the 4th of July celebration in the United States I have been thinking about what freedom makes possible.

Perhaps the most famous line from the Declaration of Independence is this:

“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.”


In drafting these words Thomas Jefferson intentionally downplayed protection of “property” as a goal of government, replacing the idea with “happiness.”  He also chose the phrase “pursuit of happiness” rather than “to be happy”.

One very powerful avenue for pursuing happiness is to dream and actively pursue our dreams.  And while we are not guaranteed success, by pursuing our dreams we do create the opportunity to live a life fueled by passion and enriched by a sense of meaning and purpose.

What is your dream?  Are you actively pursuing it?

If not now, when?

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