A Meditation In Ink: Meditation 10.18.18

www.riteoffancy.com #RiteOfFancyDear Henry,

I am currently reading "Hamilton" by Ron Chernow.  One of a long list of "Founding Father's" books I am reading.

I think we tend to mythologize (and occasionally demonize) our U.S. founding fathers and former U.S. presidents.   I think we forget they were people and that, as people, they were just as fallible as us regular people, some made mistakes doing what they thought was the right thing, some were truly good people, and finally, some were just snakes. Their inherent mix of humanity and errors is no different than that of the common population, nor of the current population.

Although Douglas Adams in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe brings forth a good argument, that anyone who can become the President probably shouldn't be allowed to.

I also think it is important to remember the time they existed.  The world was a different place, with different attitudes and different behavioral norms.  While their actions (for example Thomas Jefferson owning slaves) are completely unacceptable, it does not negate the importance of their deeds (for example, Thomas Jefferson's political writings, including the Declaration of Independence) and while it is easy to condemn them for actions we now acknowledge are abhorrent, we can not negate their creations.  We also must acknowledge that most did not behave outside of social norms. I think it is important to expand on their ideas and beliefs and to use Thomas Jefferson as another example, where we have taken his original idea that "All men are created equal" and have expanded it to truly include, all men, and women and really, everyone, within the legal definition, we still have work to do to implement the beauty of his (and the other Founding Father's) ideals.

xoxo a.d.

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