Life, Liberty, Happiness
Gary Lemke, Chief Customer Advocate
(July 3, 2013)
Happy Independence Day (4th of July) to those living in the States. Interestingly, this day associated with freedom and independence is not the actual historical date (or year) the United States gained independence. Rather July 4, 1776 is the day a group of representatives declared their independence. A small matter of a military conflict was going on in the background. (History buffs: the war continued throughout 1782 and formally ended with the Treaty of Paris in 1783.)
And we didn't even get the date right. While the Declaration of Independence might have been adopted on or around July 4th, it wasn't actually signed by the delegates until August 2nd. Less debatable than the declaration's birthday, the words in the Declaration of Independence were spot on in the moment and remain relevant today.
"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."
This has been called "one of the best-known sentences in the English language", containing perhaps some of the most potent and consequential words in American history. On this day and every day, may citizens of all nations exercise their rights to life, liberty, and happiness.
May CRM nation offer equality in these pursuits too.
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