It is also important to note that if we reach a state of freedom, we must not abuse it. We will take necessary steps to thrive happily, but we don't make it a place where others are suffering on our behalf. Every action should be done with careful thought as to how its outcome will firstly benefit us and then affect others. If the government was selfish in its acts, then slavery wouldn't have been eliminated and who knows, the government could have looked more tyrannical than representative. In 1776, when we broke free we weren't just declaring an end to suppression, we were spurring a beginning of rights for all. Rights I realized upon returning from Asia are ever precious to a greater well-being because one has the ability here to pursue a multitude of opportunities.
On a last note, I thought Calvin Coolidge's words from his speech celebrating the 150th anniversary of Independence Day captured its essence well:
"About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers."