Change One Word

The Declaration of Independence is perhaps the greatest human expression of liberty ever written. From my perspective it embodies the Divine principle of Free Will more than any other political document.

Reasonably soon there will be a new world built of Love. The speed of that change is nearly instantaneous compared normal evolutionary time scales. It will insure the survival of the planet, which is sorely threatened at present. Some of us are able to enfold the accelerated spiritual growth necessary to become a part of that shift to a world of Light and Life. The personal upheavals that seem to be a prerequisite for that personal attainment require leaving behind much of our past in becoming anew.

The planet itself will undergo upheavals as will society. Almost all social institutions will be cast aside as they were products of the old world of fear and control. They are useless to a world of Love. We will foster the flourishing of creative freedom and the responsibility that entails on the part of every person.

I personally hope there is one document that survives the change almost exactly as it was written. Yes, that is The Declaration of Independence. I say almost exactly as it was written because I’d like to see one word changed. That would be the final word in this sentence, “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.”

In early drafts the phrase, adopted from John Locke’s Two Treatises on Government, was written as, “life, liberty, and property. Thomas Jefferson substituted ‘pursuit of happiness’ in place of ‘property’. In all likelihood he adopted the phrase from another of Locke’s essays, Concerning Human Understanding, in which he (Locke) wrote “The necessity of pursuing happiness [is] the foundation of liberty.” *

I suggest that the new world we are about to enter will have representatives from what might be termed ‘heavenly realms’ visibly present on Earth. They will teach us about nature and origin of the Universe and our place in it. We will learn that the ultimate human destiny is to merge with a little spark of God that lives within us even now in our Hearts. By doing so we will achieve the potential of eternal life. As I live with that point of view you will understand why I would like to change one word.

“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 Eternity.”

* There is a wonderful essay about this subject. The original title was “The Surprising Origins and Meaning of the “Pursuit of Happiness” by Carol V. Hamilton. You can read it online here…
http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/46460