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Declaring Our Independence

A July 4th Message

 I've always loved the Declaration of Independence. I used to carry it around, along with my pocket constitution, when I was in law school. In part it says, "[A]ll experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed." Change often happens this way, inside and out. We wait and suffer as long as we can before we "right" ourselves. We consciously resist only after "evils are [un]sufferable." We consciously engage in conflict only when we can no longer tolerate agreement and accommodation. Some think that people push too hard, too quickly, that we are too reactive, too sensitive. KIng addressed this issue when he wrote "Why We Can't Wait" in response to mainstream American's saying "things take time; just take it easy." In fact, once things rise to the level of awareness, symptoms have usually existed for a while whether they are physical, emotional, or spiritual. Our nighttime dreams demonstrate this by revealing our unconscious "knowledge" of our symptoms way before we realize them. So, here's a prayer for greater awareness for all. A prayer that we declare our independence and name the ways we are abused by internal and external "governments." A prayer that we become a little less disposed to suffer "evils." 

David Bedrick, J.D., Dipl. PW, graduated from Lewis and Clark’s Northwestern School of Law. He is the author of Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology. more...

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