Sacred and undeniable…

One of our national treasures has to be The Declaration of Independence, authored by Thomas Jefferson. He penned this beauty because he had to. He penned it because he was John Adams “penman.” Adams could speak: Jefferson, not so much. Jefferson wrote the declaration away in seclusion and, we can imagine, wishing he had been given the gift of gab. Adams stirring oratory skills carried the day. Jefferson labored away quietly. Funny, isn’t it, how often we have no idea…

Jefferson showed the draft to Franklin and Adams somewhere in the third week of June, 1776. They made one change before taking the declaration to congress on June 28, 1776. One, big change. “We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable,” got eliminated. Instead, Adams and Franklin inserted that these truths are “self evident.” Extrapolate this change to you, your team, your choices, and your commitments. What truths do you hold sacred and undeniable? What do you do when what is evident to you is injurious to another? Why is sacred so scary when histories evidence proves humans in power “self serve” by default?

Happy 4th of July, friend. Remember, we enjoy these freedoms because our ancestors took little for granted. They understood that freedom isn’t free and felt it was worth fighting for. Regardless your political leanings, I hope you hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable. Good..

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