|[GMW #4681] Nurturing A Better World Without Atrocities
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From Patricia Faucher
It is interesting to think about the 4th of July:
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr. noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn’t.
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.
My question: “Could we expect anything like that if a World Constitution were declared in the third millennium? Certainly not. The European Union was created without any such atrocities.”
Volume II - The Art of Personal Happy Living
Chapter 11 - Of Gratitude
Humanity fully depends on the sun and on this Earth for life, hence the need to respect and thank our star and our planet, to cherish them, and see them as sacred.
And yet, we seem to have lost contact with them. We sleep and no longer pray and give thanks when the sun rises. We live in cities of stone and cement. We watch television and hear radio instead of contemplating nature and listening to her beautiful sounds.
We should make daily offerings to the sun and to the Earth and say with the psalmists: "This is a good day to live, to glorify and to give thanks to God."
UN News: UN Chronicle, United Nations News Service, UN Wire Archive
References: Earth Charter, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Rights of: Children,Women,IndigenousP
To Be Written: Rights of Nature, Birds, Animals, Fish, etc.
WORD FOR THE DAY
In our relationships we need to uphold that aspect of the person which is the real person and the soul beyond their own self-doubt.
~ Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
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