Among our "certain unalienable rights" specified in the Declaration of Independence are "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." So important were these rights that the rules of grammar and mechanics were flouted -- three common nouns became proper nouns, capitalized, emphasized. These are the three rights that frame and justify the argument within the Declaration. To this day, what it means to be American comes down to these rights, which are also, incidentally, the very rights in question in our nation's most heated debates.
The way in which we as individuals and societies define "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" impacts our understanding of what it means to be. It impacts our sense of what matters the most to us -- what we would fight for, what we would live for, what we would die for.
It's the Declaration of Independence that demonstrates that we frame and are framed by what matters.
Scrap Your Stash video was set to be shared on the Fourth of July. Initially, I thought about doing a layout of the red, white, and blue variety, but then realized that focusing on "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" in my own way would be another way to frame -- and honor -- what matters most to me.
Happy Fourth of July! I hope you're spending it with the ones you love, in a place that you love.