A Defining Document

I’d like to wish all a very happy and safe 4th of July holiday. Being patriotic is much like being a member of a family. You are proud of the successes of the family as a whole and the individual members. You recognize the shortcomings and feel a responsibility to help improve them. I’ll never be born into another family and I’ll never have a different country of origin.

For the purposes of this blog, I’d like to take the opportunity to recognize the document that makes this particular day a holiday: the Declaration of Independence. In terms of communication, a document that is more than 240 years old and continues to form the foundation for one of the largest and most powerful countries in the world is truly exemplary.

One might argue why this singular document has attained such import. Is it the actual text and prose that makes it so meaningful? Is it a product of the environment of the time and its immediate impact on those around it at the time? Has it become more a symbol and the gravitas placed on it is more important than the actual words? Regardless of the why, the fact that it remains so important and influential makes this one of the most effective communiqués in history.

I could only dream of contributing to a document with such last impact.

Happy Independence Day!

Declaration of Independence, 1776

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