Food for thought – I hope I remember these simple words from an artist, poet, engineer and scientist who left his mark upon the world. Life, live it to the fullest.
Hope you have a great President’s Day – Here is a back story to our country getting started and why… thus how we came to have presidents. It has been said that the door of history turns on small hinges. Given that such may be true, someone has to open that door.
May 29, 1765, Williamsburg, Virginia: The peoples’ elected representatives were convened and in heated debate over strong resolutions condemning the infamous English Stamp Act. England needed money because of pressing war debts, and up to this time, the colonies honored the king’s request for money by voting their own taxes. But now the Stamp Act forced Americans to pay a tax they had not agreed to. Men hold their principles dear, even unto death, and these men loved liberty. Out of this came the cry, “Taxation without representation is tyranny.”
On this date, a young bourgeois newly elected to that house spoke passionately, condemning the Stamp Act. Some cried, “Treason, treason!” – so strong were his words – to which he is reported to have replied, “If this be treason, make the most of it.”
His ideas were picked up and grew in power across the colonies. Some even credit his eloquence as being among the main causes of the American Revolution. That firebrand was none other than Patrick Henry.
But he is not my story. You see, standing out in the crowded lobby doorway listening to Patrick Henry was another young man seven years his junior, a law student who often interrupted his studies to attend sessions of the House. On this day, he stood riveted and spellbound.
He would later write that Henry’s words were such as I have never heard from any other man. Where he got that torrent of language is inconceivable. He was truly a great man! Because of the changes wrought in his soul, this young lawyer would later call this the most important day of his life. It changed him. Eventually, he too came to swear upon the alter of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. He became America’s first apostle of freedom.
That young student in the doorway was none other than Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence.
If the door of history indeed does turn on small hinges, then it is powerful teachers armed with truth who often open those doors and grease those hinges. If you are so blessed as to be under the influence of such a teacher now, thank the almighty! They are hard to come by.
Written by Glenn Rawson