Monthly Archives: May 2017

Magic words: US Constitution, 1787

Happy 230th year to you!  Pleased to be introduced to Schoolhouse Rock educational videos from the 1970s, and was again stirred by the words of the Constitution’s preamble:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The language is old, but it perfectly captures why and how we need government.  Similarly, the  4 July 1776 Declaration of Independence starts with ‘self-evident’ truths that we were all born equal, with a right to ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’, and that the purpose of government is to secure these rights.  Both documents reflect Enlightenment thinking, in contrast to the traditional ideas like divine right of kings.

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“M&N have gone”

Don’t worry, it’s just the keys on a keyboard.  The loss of these letters are enough to stop all the others being a functional keyboard. So we need a new keyboard.

Because we stepped on it.  Now it’s gone.  We mourn its loss, and move on.  No point to point the blaming finger, or to punish.  Just move on.

Life is a story of losses,  and learning to accept reality, as it is.  Not how we wish it to be, or think it should be. It is.

I might want to shout and curse at my loss, find someone to blame, punish them..But does that help? Especially when we are not fully aware of causes.