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Saturday Apr 04, 2009

Hope or Rope-a-dope

Declaration of Independence

(Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776)

Reading these thoughts and understanding them again, or perhaps for the first time, is worthwhile:

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.

And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

The founding fathers were aware enough to avoid hope, wish, and obvious in their immortal document—that is as profound and timely today as it was when first penned over two-hundred years ago. This is especially important as hope (a sterile notion) is in the headlines as a bromide on a daily basis.

Question hope; question motive. No amount of hoping or wishing ever created a piece of art, or anything else for that matter—which is self-evident, not obvious.