By Clint Fuqua
Patriotic parties thrown with fireworks and music and cookouts and star spangled clothing covering the backs and butts of many people – ignorant of the very backs broken and butts lost to create what we now enjoy and squander.
Freedom. From sea to shining sea.
That dream of living under rule of no oppressive authority and having full autonomy allows us to pursue the things that make us happy every day of our life. The reality of freedom, however, is very different due to all the responsibilities that come with this incredibly expensive gift. Freedom really is independence and self reliance, two things ‘we the people’ don’t have – and may never have – even in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Politics and health are much of life because we are often born into the first and can’t live without the second.
It is time to be brave and start living free.
Taking care of your health is your first priority, and it will take a monumental amount of bravery. The resolutions many people write at the first of the year to correct some bad behavior work about as well as they do when sent to a rogue leader of a third world country. Dictators and tyrants only give up control and power after they have been overthrown by a revolution. We all happen to have one of those little ego driven voices in our head and it’s time to toss it out.
Write your own declaration of healthy independence to start the process, and let that little dictator know you are boss now and you will not be over taxed with excessive donuts and oppressively weighty medical issues. Write it, send it, and get ready to fight the good fight for a few long hard months so you can live independently healthy the rest of your life.
Life must have meaning and a foundation, otherwise there is no point, no direction, and at any moment will not be your own. The best way to maintain your life is to have a Constitution. This iron will is the one thing that will keep you from wavering in your own life and fend off anyone that would try to overtake it by any means to run it as they see fit. This one thing will keep you from having to write meaningless resolutions to ill-willed tyrants interested in only ruining your life for their momentary happiness. Stand tall in your convictions, backed by a constitution of will, and hold steady.
Rights are interesting things, especially when they are wronged. Getting what you want at the expense of someone else is wrong no matter how happy it might make you. You can have all the things in life you want, but you will have to pay for it, and all the related expenses down the road.
For example, you’re free to eat all the pizza you want, but you have no right to free pizza or free medical treatment for the diseases caused living life by the slice. The chef and the doctor may love what they do, but they won’t do it for free and you aren’t free to eat it all without consequence to your health; or bank account.
Rights are responsibilities that are often realized when the wrongs we have done are done to us. The best way to live right is through responsible thought and action every moment of every day. Enjoy the occasional pizza slice, tip the chef well for better quality ingredients, and see the doctor yearly for better health rather than as a last minute, very pricey, life saver.
1. Go read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and reflect on what those documents mean to you and this country. Then reflect on the actual words in those documents, why they were written as they were, and what they mean to you.
2. Go write your own Declaration of Independence, your own Constitution, and your own Bill of Rights. Take the time to look at your life and how it could be an inspiration for others to live better.
3. Go live what you have just written and when the time comes, add amendments to improve your life and the lives around you for the long term.
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