Today we take these words for granted, along with the notion that people have the right to overthrow a tyrannical government and decide for themselves how they would like to be governed. And even while the ideas were not utterly original at the time, the formal declaration of them and the subsequent revolution that was launched against the world’s mightiest empire was. It was an amazing example of innovation and entrepreneurship in the political and social realm. Certainly, the revolution and subsequent founding of the United States has been subject to the famous dictum “when the legend become fact, print the legend“, but even after we peel back the mythical veneer we find a history that is both impressive and impactful.
It is hard to imagine how different the world might look today had these 56 men not affixed their signature to this declaration.
Happy 4th of July!