Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.
It must be fought for, protected, and
handed on for them to do the same.
Happy [official] Independence Day United States! Kelley’s prompt for Quotography this week is, appropriately, Freedom. Yesterday, I posted some interesting stats about our nation’s birth with a photo I took while on vacay in Florida last week. You can read it HERE.
Aside from our nation’s flag, the other symbol of our country is the bald eagle. Adopted by the Continental Congress in 1782, it was selected among other symbols but maybe not unanimously. It’s rumored Benjamin Franklin was opposed to the eagle, preferring the turkey as a more appropriate symbol.
So why an eagle to represent the freedom of the newly-formed nation?
Eagles have been used by many empires throughout history. Roman and Egyptian cultures used eagles in their banners. Native Americans thought eagles represented great power and eagle feathers were worn by many tribal chiefs to represent strength. Eagles appear in early Christian writings as a sign of hope and salvation. And, of course, in the Lord of the Rings, we all cheer when we see the “eagles are coming”!
The eagle commands the skies. It flies higher than all other birds….even turkey vultures. Its majestic appearance gives it an aura of courage and strength…as its sharp talons and beak suggest. An eagle’s vision is up to 8x keener than a human and it perches high to survey a wide view of everything below. This could also be why eagles are associated with visionaries.
Even if Ben Franklin had persuasive arguments for the turkey, I’m glad the eagle was chosen as our national symbol. On this day of celebration of our freedoms, I hope we all:
• Have courage to stand and defend our freedoms and liberties.
• Have strength to reach new heights and stretch our abilities.
• Remember that with great power comes great responsibility.
• View where we are in life and develop vision in order to soar to new heights.
• Perch high so we don’t miss opportunities that come our way.
And finally, I hope we all realize that, like the bald eagle in 1940, without serious effort to preserve our freedoms, we may be susceptible to extinction.
Playing Quotography along with Kelley at The Road Goes Ever On.