I received this email today, July 4, 2009,Â from an old colleague, Gene Marlatt.Â Â I think it’s worth pondering, since good counseling encourages checks and balances without and within the human being.Â A Freudian might say the healthy ego must moderate the basic drives of the id and the idealistic demands of the superego.
Lest we forget:
389 years ago the Mayflower Compact,a written agreementÂ (constitution) composed by a consensus of the Pilgrim settlers arriving at New Plymouth in November of 1620, was drawn up toÂ establishÂ a government,Â with fairÂ and equal laws, for the general good of the settlement and with the will of the majority.
233 years ago the Founders of
the United States drafted and adopted
the Declaration of Independence.
ofÂ Russia government along the border between East and West Berlin–.came down because of the long struggle for freedom by the United States in a Cold War against Communist Russia. . In a few months Communist East Germany fell, and three years later communism ended in Russia with theÂ fall and breakup of the Soviet Union.
They happened, in part ,because of two ofÂ the most powerful forces in history:Â the Declaration of Independence and the United StatesÂ Constitution.
This is described further in the following essay celebrating the meaning of the Fourth of July.
[With interpolations by Gene Marlatt.Â I’ve only included the first part of the essay and Marlatt’s comments.Â Double click on link below to read the rest of Lowry’s essay.]
AS a nation, we were extraordinarily blessed in our revolutionaries [of 1776 and 1787, who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution].. It wasn’t just that they were brave and determined. So were the avatars of throughout the 20th century who wrecked nations and peoples[ e.g., Russian communismâ€™s Lenin and Stalin, Cubaâ€™s Castro].
No, what makes them so wondrously distinct is that they were also just and wise, grounded always in a clear-eyed view of human nature.
“There is a degree of depravity in mankind,” James Madison wrote in The Federalist Papers, “which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust.”
When [other] revolutionaries talk of depravity, it is often to brand their class or ethnic enemies for destruction. Gas chambers, prison camps and killing fields inevitably follow.
The depravity of which our Founders spoke was different. It ran through the hearts of all men, themselves included. It tempered their expectations of what they could, and what they should attempt to, achieve. No secular millennium, no perfectly harmonious republic — because, as Madison wrote, “the latent causes of faction [political parties, special interest groups and the like] are sown in the nature of man.”