“We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal.” ~The Declaration of Independence, 1776
On the Sunday proceeding July 4 each year, the Rector of my church reads the Declaration of Independence. In truth, usually I find it boring, laborious, and sometimes a conflicting hybrid of church and state. This year I felt something unfamiliar–sadness.
As the priest read the words that founded this strange thing called democracy which has been our American experiment these last 236 years I began to see how far off the course we have come. All nation comes to that point–where the mechanisms that made them great in terms of equality, strength, intellect, ingenuity, bravery, and righteousness begin to falter under the weight of their human bearers.
This is just the first year I felt distinctly part of a period in history which represents a painful faltering.
There is no perfect system–religious, political, sociological–because they are all made of people. People who, even when we have aspirations to be better, more Godly, and decent human beings spend our existence fighting human nature which calls us to something far more momentary and survivalist.

Also you can give me some feedback on my new badge I made today inspired by Tikkun Magazine and the phrase "tikkun olam" which means "heal/repair the world" which I hope is the intention of what little bits I throw out into the world and is definitely the mission of Tikkun. 

So, here's my new badge... with a little bit of doodling which I am fond of doing on occasion. And today, I guess, was an occasion.