I hold this truth to be self-evident: that anything meant to be frequently in contact with water (shower rack, for example) should not be made out of metal that rusts easily. Because SERIOUSLY. How dumb.
One of the children in our household brought home information about The Constitution, and what surprised me is that reading it chokes me up as quick as hearing The Star-Spangled Banner: at some point in my own educational experience my brain hard-wired this stuff to Deep Emotion.
It occurred to me later while making dinner that "We hold these truths to be self-evident" is super-gorgeous writing. It's all, "We don't think this even needs to be said, BUT HERE IT IS IN CASE SOME OF YOU ARE A BIT SLOW AND NEED TIME TO CATCH UP."
But then I thought how obnoxious I'd find that phrase if I didn't agree with one or more of the truths. Which I would then refer to as "truths," using a sarcastic tone of voice. But it's hard to argue with "all men are created equal." Isn't it. Except for the part where "men" means "oh, women too, obviously." Because the word "people" would mean typing FOUR MORE LETTERS GAH NO WAY DEAL-BREAKER AMIRITE??
When I learned about The Declaration of Independence in school, I don't remember it affecting me as sentimentally. It's kind of like poetry: it takes some slow reading and some mulling to understand the convoluted phrasing---and then once you understand what it MEANS, the convoluted phrasing seems like the beautiful way to say it.
Here's what it says: "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one
people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with
another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and
equal station to which the Laws of Nature
and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of
mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to
Here's what it means: We're leaving you. We think it's only fair to tell you why, instead of just taking off without even saying goodbye.
Here's what it says: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Here's what it means: WE (unlike YOU cheeseheads, is the implication you should be picking up at this point) think it's obvious that everybody's a person, and that it's only fair that all each person should get the same basic rights.
And so on. I like it better all fancy, but only after it makes sense.
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