The Liberty Bell represents our nation’s aspirations. It’s good to think about it from time to time, especially now, when we need to focus on unity, not division. Here are a couple of interesting facts about it.
Crack: Nobody knows
for sure when or how the crack happened. It’s been the center of much
speculation, though, based less on fact and more on symbolism. One theory is
that it cracked when our nation divided itself from Britain—during the Revolutionary
War. Another is that it happened during
Chief Justice John Marshall’s funeral. Despite little formal education, he rose
to have great judicial influence on the direction of our country.
Ring: It hasn’t rung
since 1846, during George Washington’s birthday. Maybe it had done its job. It was erected in 1752 and first rung when the
Declaration of Independence was first read in 1776. We were totally independent when we had our
Anyway, I think it’s time to cherish such icons as the Liberty Bell and Statue of Liberty, to remember we really are—all of us — “one nation under God,” and we should stop our bickering, hatred, and cruelty to each other and reunite as a nation.
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I switched my Thursday Thought to today because my dog insisted I honor her on yesterday’s National Love Your Pet Day. So, here’s today’s Day-After-Thursday-Thought quote. It struck me because of all the hatred, manipulation, lies, half-truths, and distrust I’m seeing in my world today, especially in my country.
“This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all mankind. We can no longer afford to worship the God of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate.” (From Martin Luther King’s speech “When Silence Is Betrayal,” given at Riverside Church, New York, April 4, 1967.)
Sept. 11 is more than just a day we remember the horrific attack on our country and all the devastation and loss of life. It’s a day when we banish division, hatred, animosity, self-centeredness, and all the evils that are tearing our country apart. Let’s let today be the re-start of a nation-family that honors, respects, and listens to each other and has the highest good for our fellow Americans–and the whole human family–at heart.
This national illness MUST be cured.
Today’s Thursday Thought is something that has been bothering me greatly.
A familiar old Chinese man gives us today’s Thursday Thought quote. As always, he gets us down to basics.
“To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.” — Confucius