July 4, 2014 — Of the many words in the U.S. Declaration of Independence that are reflective of basic human nature the world over, the following sentence describes some of those traits perfectly: “…and accordingly all 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.” And yes, that still applies to the people of “the land of the free and the home of the brave” – including within the community we’ll call ‘Timeshareville’.
So Here’s The Scoop: I have always held the notion that yes, that document is rightfully called the Declaration of Independence – but when you really think about it, the text and meaning or interpretation of the overall message was also, IMO, a ‘Declaration Of War’. And when the 56 signers ended the ‘announcement’ and publically proclaimed to the world that they “mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor” you can bet your last shekel that the good old King back in England took it in just that manner: ‘This is out right war ’ – and war it was!
The King and his ‘peeps’ had viewed these rebel colonists as Subjects to the Crown but now they were deemed card-carrying traitors, one and all; and when the first shots started flying the Crown (aka: upper management) also labeled the mob as terrorists — sort of modern day “Evil Doers” or “disgruntled”
The signers of that document didn’t just roll out of bed one morning and get together for a spot of tea and then someone floored the idea — “I say there old Chaps. Would you not agree this would be a jolly good proper day to start a smashing revolution and form our own nation?” followed by an enthusiastic response of “Rather, Here – Here”!
No, they had been seeking relief from what they rightly perceived as a plethora of injustices for a very long time and constantly petitioned His Highness for “redress in the most humble terms”. But the Crown always responded with “repeated injury”.
And what did these now-criminals really want from the ‘Royals’? In a nutshell, they wanted it recognized that they had “certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. What a concept!
So with this being the 4th of July weekend when many people will travel and/or fire up the backyard BBQ, I encourage all to take a few minutes, get online and read the entire Declaration — and also share its true meaning and results with the kids.
It contains fewer than 1,200 words and when you get to the actual list of the well-documented grievances you’ll discover that, like many corporations today worldwide including some in ‘Timeshareville’, the rebels’ other concerns and objections were from being ruled by a tyrannical and/or plutocratic (maybe even oligarchic) form of ‘leadership’.
Now I fully admit I am somewhat ‘twisted’ in my thinking, which is why when I read the document from time to time — and change a word or two here, a word or two there — I can rewrite one or more of the original complaints referenced in the Declaration to ‘fit’ our industry.
For example where it states (about the King) “For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world,” in my mind I can change that to:
“For forcing financially challenged trade partners to visit our shops that do not have the means to purchase; many being too childlike, too mature or just wretched individuals.”
Or where the grievance against the Crown states: “He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.”
I could change that to: “He has plundered reserve accounts, charged back unjustly and incessantly with those timely payment scams and ravaged sales centers with love-lines that ultimately destroy, financially, many lives”.
See, I told you I was ‘twisted’ (of the non-harmful variety, to be sure).
So give it a read yourself this weekend – and have some fun too!
Hey, maybe it is time for those working in the trenches of ‘Timeshareville’ to have their own
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Happy 4th of July 2014 USA! Enjoy your heritage!
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