“We hold these truths to be self-evdent, 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.”
Although these words have been solely credited to Thomas Jefferson, there was actually a Committee of Five that composed the document that would become known as the Declaration of Independence. One of the members of this Committe was Benjamin Franklin.
Today I invite to celebrate the birth of this Nation by celebrating a creative giant who helped form an idea that became a nation of freedom where men can think, create and innovate. A land of freedom where its citizens are free to beleive that their dreams can become possibilities. This nation of freedom was formed by many men and one of those men was Benjamin Franklin.
Benjamin Franklin was born January 17, 1706. He was an author, publisher, and scientist among many other accomplishments.
In 1727 Franklin created the Junto, “a group of like-minded artisans and tradesmen who hoped to improve themselves while they improved their communities.” The Junto created the first library in the United States in 1731.
In 1733 Franklin published the Poor Richard Almanac under the pseudonym Richard Saunders. This Almanac educated many Americans who were afforded an education.
In 1741 Franklin began publishing The General Magazine and Historical Chronicle for all the British Plantations in America, the first monthly magazine in the United States.
Franklin the inventor created the lightning rod, the Franklin stove and bifocal glasses. Franklin never patented any of his many inventions writing in his autobiography, “as we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any inventions of ours.”
Franklin the scientist formed an hypothesis on lightning being energy and wrote his opinion in 1750.
In 1751 Franklin received a charter from the legislature of Pennsylvania to establish the first hospital in the United States.
Franklin wrote this word, “Without freedom of thought there can be no thing as wisdom, and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech, which is the right of every man.”
The greatness of the United States is that we are free to think and from those thoughts, that are good and life giving we are free to create and invent. We are free to write the words that are formed in our souls. We are free to create designs that will give life to nations. We are free to pursue our creative destiny.
We are free to create because we are created by the Ultimate Creator and we live in a land where creativity is celebrated. God bless America.