progress.

i’ve always loved the monuments in dc, but last weekend i was struck by the symbolism in these magnificent, historical representations.

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i embarked on a gorgeous spring walk around the tidal basin on a sunny sunday afternoon…

frolick through the tulips? yes, i did.
snap photos like a tourist? yup.
bask in the sunshine, smiling broadly? you betcha.

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i paused for a few moments at the jefferson memorial. as i was standing next to thomas jefferson’s magestic statue – encircled with influential statements he made or wrote in letters enscribed on the walls around him, sheltering him as he watches the white house – i was reminded that i am so lucky to be an american. (not in the cheesy, believe-everything-our-president-professes-as-truth kind of blind devotion, of course.) you see, i’ve always thought that it’s important to be aware of one’s country’s weaknesses and to invoke change wherever possible, but it’s also important to be proud of where you come from and the core values that make your home so great.

america has it’s problems, but it also has some brilliantly shining principles.

among them…

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an inscription on the interior, southeast wall of the statue chamber of the memorial, facing jefferson:

i am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. as that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. we might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.

(redacted and excerpted from a letter to samuel kercheval by thomas jefferson, july 12, 1816.)

the progressive attitude of our country’s founders is what makes the foundations of our legal system so great.

what a wise man, jefferson was – for believing in america and for fighting to make it strong and just, leaving room for growth and opportunity.

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