We have just celebrated our Independence Day and especially remember these stirring words as written by Thomas Jefferson:
“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.”
‘Liberty and Justice for all,” as our Pledge of Alliance says.
English Poet: Jon Donne said: “no man is an island.”
When Nelson Mandela wanted to bring fractured South Africa together, he used these words:
“I am because you are.”
And Martin Luther King Jr. called attention to our connectedness:
“We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,
tied in a single garment of destiny.”
and later, he said,
“Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”
Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.
Walt Whitman, Helen Keller, and also an old Maori proverb