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The United States of America is a young country by world standards.  Very young.  However, the youth of this country has not stopped it from forever changing the landscape of the world in a good way.  The quality of life of humanity has increased almost everywhere across the globe because of actions taken in the United States.  Because of the belief that “all men are created equal” and that we have a right, from our Creator, to have “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  Just think about that for a minute.  Those aren’t just words.  You are born.  Nobody else on this planet is better than you.  Nobody else on this planet should stop your pursuit of becoming who you were meant to be.  As long as you aren’t violating other people’s rights, you are free to do what you want to do and need to do to fulfill your promise on Earth.  That is simply amazing.  After centuries of royalty and subjects.  Years of land owner and serf, owner and slave, there is a country that believes you are born the equal of everyone.

Even though the United States put this thought on paper and into government and the world, there was still struggle.  Even the country that came up and voted on that struggled with slavery.  Even the man who wrote it struggled with slavery.  And the United States has other sins that violate that truth.  Despite these sins, these thoughts have catapulted the world.

Now, I’m not going to tell you to ignore the sins.  They are important.  They tell us that even the people driven to put forth such ideas are not perfect.  The world is not perfect.  It never will be perfect.  Despite the lack of perfection, we have to give ourselves the best chance in life.  We have to go with the percentages.  Just like any decision in life, you choose the best odds.  While people will flounder under freedom, it still gives the best odds.  While some will need help, freedom will give others the opportunity to innovate, give back, and become full human beings.  The world has its ups and downs.  That’s reality.  We would be much better off if we accepted that rather than looking for solutions every time there is a down.  Especially when the solutions end up limiting what got us here in the first place.

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