Old Glory, New Reality ~ by Hunter Quarterman.
Early on Wednesday morning 11/5/08, I had this overwhelming inspiration to get a United States flag and raise it on 12/20/08. I realize that this may make me seem like a “fair weather” American, but the fact is that in all of my 39 years I have never once felt like I live in a place the represents the self evident truths that inspired these stars and stripes, until now. Never in my time have I felt the power and responsibility of Democracy. And I have never felt the likelihood that “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” will become the mantra of the citizens of the United States and the mandate of our government which exists for no other reason but to support this common aspiration.
I had the idea of going with a gathering of people to buy, what would be for myself and many others, our first United States flag. Maybe film it, maybe it would lead to dinner and dancing. And then maybe with our families, friends, neighbors or goldfish or whoever…We could raise them on the 20th to mark the first step on the path to taking our government and country back. My hope is that when we raise the flag in the future it will remind us first of our common aspiration, “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, second of our daily responsibility toward this realization, and third as a reminder of the tragedy, horror and immense harm that we once allowed OUR government to inflict on ourselves, our loved ones and the world when we failed to STAND UP, SPEAK UP, AND ENGAGE IN OUR RESPONSIBILITY to OURSELVES, OUR COUNTRY and OUR PLANET. I think for the years to come that last reminder really needs to be the first thing we think of.
Personally I have always put my allegiance and trust in the natural world, which is of course inseparable from it’s inhabitants. The interplay of the elements and the dynamics of my emotional and spiritual connections with others make sense to me. It is the wind that shatters my bathroom window at 3am forcing me into action, the bantering of magpies and ravens mocking my neurotic self-absorption, the ray of sun through the pines reflecting my bliss, and the eyes of my inscrutable brother or sister reminding me of who I am….that I look to for guidance. Nature is inherently honest.This sensitivity to the world is a luxury and a blessing that arises naturally when we have just a little peace of mind and room to breathe. While it is true that I found room to breathe as the result of my total alienation from, and fear of, the institutions of man, I can see that such desperate and dramatic efforts aren’t necessary at all. I can see that any person who is afforded some room to breathe, a break from fear, and some genuine compassion and patience will, in their own time, begin to tap their toes to the profound and brilliant rhythm of being.
If we are to form an organization whose sole purpose is to create and support conditions favorable to human awakening it could have at its very foundation a document like the one that follows. I was thinking we could just change the word “man” to “Human” and where “He” refers to the (then) King of England, fill in the blanks appropriately. We could have a drop down menu where the word “God” is too!!!
I know it’s an old text but if we can even approach living up to it’s merits we will go further than we have ever gone before.
If you don’t mind and can spare a few moments, give it a read? What do YOU think? Print it out and make notes, highlight some stuff if you want, make it your own somehow!
If you read the whole thing there is a neat little story at the end about something that happened to me yesterday. Enjoy!
United States Declaration of Independence
In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political 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.
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.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. 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 a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security.
Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the Present King of Great-Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing Importance, unless suspended in their Operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the Accommodation of large Districts of People; unless those People would relinquish the Right of Representation in the Legislature, a Right inestimable to them, and formidable to Tyrants only.
He has called together Legislative Bodies at Places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the Depository of their public Records, for the sole Purpose of fatiguing them into Compliance with his Measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly Firmness his Invasions on the Rights of the People.
He has refused for a long Time, after such Dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the Dangers of Invasion from without, and Convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the Population of these States; for that Purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their Migrations hither, and raising the Conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the Tenure of their Offices, and Amount and Payment of their Salaries.
He has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance.
He has kept among us, in Times of Peace, Standing Armies, without the consent of our Legislature.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our Laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large Bodies of Armed Troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all Parts of the World:
For imposing taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us, in many Cases, of the Benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond the Seas to be tried for pretended Offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an arbitrary Government, and enlarging its Boundaries, so as to render it at once an Example and fit Instrument for introducing the same absolute Rule in these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with Powers to legislate for us in all Cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our Towns, and destroyed the Lives of our People.
He is, at this Time, transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the Works of Death, Desolation, and Tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy, scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous Ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized Nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the Executioners of their Friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic Insurrections among us, and has endeavoured to bring on the Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes and Conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble Terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated Injury. A Prince, whose Character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the Ruler of a free People.
Nor have we been wanting in Attentions to our British Brethren. We have warned them from Time to Time of Attempts by their Legislature to extend an unwarrantable Jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the Circumstances of our Emigration and Settlement here. We have appealed to their native Justice and Magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the Ties of our common Kindred to disavow these Usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our Connections and Correspondence. They too have been deaf to the Voice of Justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the Necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of Mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace, Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great-Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of the divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
Signed by ORDER and
in BEHALF OF THE CONGRESS
WOW! You made it!
So, remember earlier I mention that I have made my way through life by taking cues from what arises from relating with nature?
Well, I was rummaging through an old woodshed behind the cabin in which I live looking for materials left behind that might be useful in repairing the window that wind blew out, and for insulating the space under the cabin to keep the pipes from freezing and guess what found me? Beneath an old mounted deer head and a dilapidated rocking chair, there she was! She is a little worn and stained but man she is pretty, and she found me in a way that I trust, walking my own path through life. May she find you in a way that you can trust too! Have fun watching it unfold!!!!! You deserve it!
On December 20, 2008 Old Glory will fly into a new reality.
May all beings enjoy happiness and the root of happiness!
May they be free from suffering and the root of suffering!
Yours in the rising sun,