Blessings of Liberty

Because I am feeling inspired by the election and by this beautiful day, some musings on community and freedom:

“The trees soon revealed startling secrets. I discovered that they are in a web of interdependence, linked by a system of underground channels, where they perceive and connect and relate with an ancient intricacy and wisdom that can no longer be denied.”… “The old trees nurture the young ones and provide them food and water just as we do with our own children. It is enough to make one pause, take a deep breath, and contemplate the nature of the forest and how this is critical for evolution. The fungal network appears to wire the trees for fitness. And more. These old trees are mothering their children.”

Simard, Suzanne. Finding the Mother Tree (pp. 4, 5). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Let music swell the breeze,

and ring from all the trees

sweet freedom’s song:

let mortal tongues awake,

let all that breathe partake;

let rocks their silence break,

the sound prolong.

— From “America (My country, ’tis of thee)”. Lyrics composed by Samuel Francis Smith (1832)

“To care about climate change, you only need to be one thing, and that’s a person living on planet Earth who wants a better future. Chances are, you’re already that person—and so is everyone else you know.”

— Hayhoe, Katharine. Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World (p. XII). Atria/One Signal Publishers. Kindle Edition.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

– preamble to the Constitution, 1787

It seems that the blessings of liberty are found in community.

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