Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Independence of Freedom - a message from Jin

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the . . . bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
I hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal, that we have unalienable rights endowed by our creation, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

To secure these rights, I institute my body to defend the just from the powerful, deriving justice from the proper education of my soul, and I freely inquiry that which I assume to be true so I can always be sure of that which I do not know.

Whenever any Form of Government or Corporation becomes destructive of these ends, it is my Right to question the status quo, to demand the powerful to yield, to abolish those laws which I know to be unjust, and to lay a new foundation on the principles I believe to effect the Safety and Happiness of my fellow human beings.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when long and systematic oppression hold my people down and reduces them to a divided, confused, obedient suckling Poor, both in body and spirit, it is my duty to challenge the powerful and the wealthy, to provide my people with hope for their future security. Such has been the sufferance of the Colonies, of the refugees, of the impoverished men and women around the world; and such is now the necessity which constrains us to alter our former System of Paradigm. The history of the present kings of oppressive regimes is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having directly fashioned an absolute Tyranny over my People.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the human race, in General Forum, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Nations, solemnly publish and declare, That these United People are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent; that we are Absolved from all Allegiance to the Evils of this World.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

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