Friday, 4 July 2008

Independence Day

232 years ago today a group of angry colonials sat down and signed the declaration of independence.

You can read the history any way you want:
A usurpation of power.
The culmination of a mighty progress.

It changed history, and has been shaping it ever since.

I don’t think Independence Day should be remembered as the date a nation was founded. I think it marks a point in time when humanity grew up.

I’d guess that most people in the UK haven’t read the declaration.
I read it today, as I hadn’t before. It’s actually quite short…
… and in all honesty I was a little disappointed.

Most of it is a big list of complaints against George III (all of which seem fair enough to me, but I wasn’t there so can’t really comment). All rather dull.

The best bit is the second paragraph which is where you get the ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ – which is genius.

Today I’m leaving my job to spend a year pursuing happiness - looking after my baby daughter, who is lovely.

In the meantime I’ll be trying to keep the blog going, finish my book, train for the Olympics in 2012 and write a Eurovision entry. So do feel free to keep stopping by – as, nappies allowing, there should still be some vaguely interesting stuff here.

1 comment:

Tom the Bomb said...

Thought this was going to be about that classic Sci-Fi epic starring Jeff Goldblum. But, alas it was not. Ho hum.