Monday, October 5, 2009

Let Freedom Ring!

I want to share this thought provoking quote with you. The words belong to George Washington, the first President of the United States. He offered these sentiments in his farewell speech when leaving office. I think they're amazing words to ponder.

"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens...Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education...reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."

--George Washington--
And in his reference to religion, I think Washington was inclusive of all spiritual sects which believe in a Creator, in right and wrong, in man's responsibility, and in an afterlife. These elements bring pretty much the whole world together, and make us stewards of the freedoms we are fortunate to possess.

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