Creating a Mobile Declaration of Independence

Happy 4th of July!

We in these United States of America set aside this day to celebrate the relative freedom that we have. The date is picked because of the linkage to the specific act of adopting a Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain under King George III. (Although, of course, these days Great Britain is a strong friend and ally of the Americans.)

The parts of that document that most often come to my mind are the noble words of “When in the course of human events…” and self-evident truths and that all men (and women) “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights” including “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

These are strong and powerful words, containing concepts to which we should cling tightly.

But, in reality, most of the document is an indictment of how the King and his government had abused the American colonies and therefore stating their case for separation and independent sovereignty.

On this day, I propose that we begin work on creating a declaration of independence for mobility.

For those of us who believe passionately in mobility, I sense that much of what we value in mobility is the freedom that it brings us. But freedom from what? Do we feel oppressed when we don’t have mobility? Just as the Revolutionary War had been raging for over a year when the Continental Congress voted to adopt the American Declaration of Independence, the Mobility Revolution has begun, but it is far from won.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t really see mobility on the same level as democracy and freedom from oppression. I don’t truly equate this bloodless revolution with the ones in which real people die. Most of all, I’m too much of a coward to pledge my life, my fortune, or my sacred honor to this cause of freedom.

But I still see value in this exercise.

I set as a goal to have this declaration complete by August 2 since that was the day that most of signers put their names to the original Declaration of Independence. I hope you’ll help me over the coming weeks.

Are you with me?

A few side notes:

5 Responses to “Creating a Mobile Declaration of Independence”

  1. […] A week ago I laid down the challenge for us to create a Declaration of Independence for mobility. In that post, I pointed out that the bulk of the original 1776 American Declaration of Independence was a series of charges against the King of England indicating how the American colonies were being oppressed. […]

  2. […] As previously noted, the American Declaration of Independence is largely a collection of charges against the King of Great Britain, justifying dissolution of the political bonds between Britain and the 13 American colonies. In that original post, I challenged us to develop a Mobile Declaration of Independence and to do so by August 2. […]

  3. […] Over the last few weeks, we have been pursuing the creation of a Mobile Declaration of Independence.  Two weeks ago, we identified our oppressor as Big Bell Dogma.  Last week, we developed a list of charges against this oppressor. […]

  4. […] As promised, we have now completed the Mobile Declaration of Independence.  I look forward to hearing your feedback on it! When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for people to dissolve the technological bonds which have connected them with a specific place for a specific task and to assume among the powers of the earth, the free and mobile status to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. […]

  5. […] of a prized American treasure in my attempt to bring color and passion to the mobility revolution. Last year, I used this national holiday to introduce the Mobility Declaration of Independence. Today, I bring […]

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