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July 3, 2020

The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776.  It said;

“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”. 

The founding of America was then, a very novel idea in building a nation based on individual rights and freedom.  A nation founded on the idea that man is inherently good and given freedom could/would live up to that good. A nation founded on the belief that all are created in the image of G-d.  That we are all children of G-d.  That given freedom, we could and would eventually have a country that lives up to and recognizes these “self-evident truths”.

Those who got freedom back then, were grateful.  Yet it was not something that they were familiar with and had no real experience.  They were an imperfect people given the freedom and opportunity based on the founding principles to grow and become a more “perfect union”.  So began the journey in learning how to use their new freedom.

We were created with free will.  The USA was created to be a land that gave us the opportunity to express our free will.  With the freedom of free will, we can choose to elevate ourselves and become the person we were created to be.  A unique person, with a unique purpose and mission for which we were each created.  A mission that contributes to the benefit of all.  A person who follows

“Love your fellow as yourself” (Leviticus 19;18).

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me. And if I am only for myself, of what good am I.” – Hillel, Ethics of fathers 1:14

Without these rights and freedom we could not pursue our dreams and our individual purpose.  When we use that freedom to be who we are meant to be, to fulfill our unique purpose, America will be all that it’s meant to be and what it was created for.   Without the freedom to fulfill our individual purpose, we will never get to a land fully defined by it’s founding principles.

What could be more gratifying for each of us to know that we chose, because we could, to use that freedom to reach our ultimate potential as human beings.  To know that it came from you and not imposed on you.  To look around us and see that all are enjoying “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”  To be truly United.  It may take longer than we would like but freedom is the only way to get there.

If there are faults in America, it is not the fault of America.  We are all still imperfect people.

A young child asks his parents on a long trip, “Are we there yet?”.  The parent answers “no, not yet”.  On our journey, we must constantly ask ourselves, “Am I there yet?”. Each of us is a work in process that can lead to progress.  The closer we get, the closer we will be to the goal that America was founded on.  We have made much progress, so let’s keep going, until the answer becomes, “yes, we are there”.  Without freedom we will never get there!

To have the freedom to pursue and become our true selves is indeed something to be thankful for.

Our liberty should be celebrated everyday by using it for the good of all.

May we cherish, be grateful for, and protect those freedoms for many, many more years.

May we use our freedom to fulfill our greatest human potential.


G-d Bless America

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeff permalink
    July 13, 2020 2:28 pm

    Well said and very powerful. This should be read by many others

    • Fred Fox permalink
      July 13, 2020 2:30 pm

      Thank you and please share it with many others

  2. Riva Berelson permalink
    July 13, 2020 1:48 am

    Thank you for helping clear the clouds away.
    We are so fortunate to live in freedom where we can strive to be better each day. We should never take this for granted, we should never allow cancel culture to force us into denying our Individual freedoms of expression,.
    We should hold our flag high knowing it represents the greatest gifts on earth – Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
    Unlike the present day “Animal Farm” we are witnessing, nobody is more equal than anybody else. We are all created equal and even more, we shouldn’t take for granted or be intimidated into denying our rights to freedom of expression.

  3. Helen permalink
    July 8, 2020 6:43 pm

    Thx so enlightening

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. Diane permalink
    July 4, 2020 1:40 pm

    “We may not know where we are going, but we sure ain’t lost!” (Jess Lair) America is our tapestry in progress….always adding immigrant stitches and unfolding new ideas. Inspiring. Flawed. Courageous. Unhealed. Ours.

  5. Lynda permalink
    July 4, 2020 10:49 am

    Thanks for an empowering message on this Independence Day, Fred! So eloquently said.
    Protecting and preserving our freedom lies within each of us.

    • Fred Fox permalink
      July 4, 2020 6:20 pm

      Thank You
      and you’re so right
      “It is vital that people “count their blessings”: to appreciate what they possess without having to undergo its actual loss.” — Abraham Maslow

  6. Alan permalink
    July 4, 2020 10:14 am

    Thank you, Fred.

    Very appropriate message at times like this. As citizens, we need to remember that we are all in this together. Somewhere along the line, many have forgotten or abandoned the notion that to be worthwhile and use our freedom responsibly for the good of all. We have become much more focused on the first clause of Hillel quote and often miss the importance of the second.

    Be well and stay safe.

    • Fred Fox permalink
      July 4, 2020 6:22 pm

      Thank You Alan
      sadly you’re right which is why I post those quotes many times

  7. Kirk permalink
    July 3, 2020 3:33 pm

    Fred, I believe this is your very best message ever, thank you and God bless you and this nation striving to be all the signers of this cherished document intended.

    • Fred Fox permalink
      July 3, 2020 6:02 pm

      Thank you very much Kirk. Well said on all of us strivers

      • Kirk permalink
        July 3, 2020 11:09 pm

        You’re a good man.

      • Fred Fox permalink
        July 4, 2020 6:24 pm

        Wow Thank You I’m touched
        I’m trying to get there a work in process and “slowly I turn, inch by inch” 🙂


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