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Monday, June 26, 2017

The Message - June 26

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are unalienable rights given to all Americans by the Declaration of Independence. A document that is considered one of the pillars of the American way of life, also known as the American philosophy. Yet, this philosophy has not always been shared equally in America. From minorities to women to sexual orientation, America has failed on numerous occasions to live up to its own creed. How can that be?

How can a country full of smart people be so slow to equity and equality? Just like any real change in the world, real change is not always lead by the smartest, but rather the bravest ones. So while the smartest ones can speak to the "will of the people." It is the bravest ones who dare to challenge "the tyranny of the majority." Simply put, actions talk and b*llsh*t walks!

This is the message that we find ourselves left with on this beautiful day. The acutalization that true change in this world does not come from the smartest of us, but rather from those of us willing to brave our fears to do the right thing. The thing that may never be seen by the masses, read by the thousands, or even discussed by the philosophers. Yet, the legacy of their actions will live on forever. Not because the scholars told us so, but rather because the heart led us to believe it so.

P.S. - I am the proud father of two identical twin girls, Braelynn & Brooklyn.


  1. You buried the lead - congrats!!

    1. Two more great sources of courage and resolve, for you! Nothing invests us in the imperative to create a better and more just society than our children. Parents don't have the luxury of despair... but as John Dewey said, “What the best and wisest parent wants for his child, that must we want for all the children of the community. Anything less is unlovely, and left unchecked, destroys our democracy.”

    2. Thank you! I had to get my assignment done first. That is a great quote, Dr. O!

  2. Chap,

    Sorry I'm just seeing this. I stopped by your office almost everyday last week to get an update, the door was always locked. I should have checked here.

    Congratulations!! I hope your wife and daughters are doing well. This will be there first 4th of July and if your neighborhood is like mine, they will be startled by the frequently explosions. Surprisingly, some people here have purchased some nice fireworks that I can see from my window.
    Take care,