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What are Words For?

"Our government was the first that was created after the advent of printing and mass availability of books, and thus the availability of ideas."


by Josh Jackson, Loyal 9 staff

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I recently had the chance to visit Washington DC for the first time in my life. As I viewed the cohesive and grand architecture, I was astounded at the cohesive and grand vision and effort that produced a classic, classical city in one burst of time instead of the hundreds of years over which other cultures developed their centers.


These outwards symbols are mirrors of the government they represent in that the constitution was a studied, concerted effort to create something new based on greatest thought of centuries. Those few pages of the constitution -- yes, pointedly, just a few pages -- are the distillation of the brains of the best thinkers and of thousands of pages of reading.


Val Kaplan, a tour guide at the Library of Congress, pointed out something interesting about this process. "Our government was the first that was created after the advent of mass printing and thus the mass availability of ideas."


Our forefathers in freedom valued the power of the word. In that sacred edifice of the Library of Congress, a shrine to learning, Thomas Jefferson's personal library is being reconstructed -- DOZENS of shelves, books in multiple languages, and varied topics sacred and secular, that confirmed and that challenged.


It is no wonder that the first amendments protect the power of words and our access to ideas, whether we agree with those ideas or not. It is no wonder the government was to gather knowledge and make it available, not horde it or hide it or limit it.


An inscription at the library reads, "Words Are Also Actions And Actions Are a Kind of Words." May we remember the value that our country's founders placed in their learning, the power they demonstrated in creating a grand new SUCCESSFUL experiment at personal sacrifice, and protections they implemented, knowing that the freedom of knowledge and words were the bases of freedom. May we press forward even more in our words and actions.




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It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts... For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.

- Patrick Henry




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