Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The Freedom Collection

All week long, and it’s been a long week two days into the week, I’ve been hearing about the inappropriate cartoon depicting Mohammed in a bad light. The militant factions of Islam have burned buildings and shown their colors. I listened to some Bush bashing at the funeral of Corretta Scott King; a sacred moment turned into a political hatchet job by Rev. Lowery and former President Carter, it was deplorable to say the least.

The idea occurred to me that it’s time to turn back the clock a little, take a look at what life is supposed to be about and elevate our spirits. So, what do we stand up for here in America, what’s important to us? I was reminded of the paintings done by Norman Rockwell, commonly referred to as the Four Freedoms; Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom from Fear and Freedom from Want.

“Rockwell's Four Freedoms served to bolster the country's mood: In the midst of the 20th century's greatest challenge, one man helped a nation understand the four fundamental freedoms owed to citizens of the world. In 1943, the compelling power of The Four Freedoms galvanized a nation to action. Today, in the midst of similar trials, its enduring message still rings true. Hanging majestically in their own gallery in the Norman Rockwell Museum, the paintings comprising The Four Freedoms continue to remain part of our public consciousness and collective memory.”, taken from the Norman Rockwell website.

Please take a few moments to view these important reminders by clicking on the link provided in the title bar.
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