Tuesday, June 05, 2012

It All Adds Up

The latest installment course from Prager University is called "The Happiness Equation"

By the way, if you're looking for a way to bring meaning into your Fourth of July you might want to check out the 4th of July Declaration:

Welcome to our Fourth of July Declaration Ceremony. This short ceremony is designed to help us remember what the Fourth of July is really about, and to remind ourselves how fortunate we all are to be Americans.

For many of us, the Fourth of July is a day for barbecues, baseball, shopping, and fireworks. There is nothing wrong with any of this. But in 1776, our founders didn't sign the Declaration of Independence (and then go to war) only so that later generations would spend July 4th at the department store. They knew Americans needed to be educated and informed in order for our hard-won liberty to survive. As Thomas Jefferson put it: “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

As Americans, we need to reconnect to our heritage, channel the wisdom of the Founding Fathers, and rediscover the meaning behind our country's creation. And we need to do it every year. That's point of observing the Fourth of July: To help us remember why this country was founded, and to help us transmit that collective memory to the next generation.

How can we do this? Through ritual.

And nobody loves ritual and symbols more than kids. Which makes this a great way to remind them what the day is really all about. Now, I just have to figure out how to work in beer...