We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – The Declaration of Independence.
Perhaps only a biologist could regard July 4, 1776 as the 3rd most important date in human biology; third only to the origin of life and the origin of mankind. It marks the date that a few brilliant (and courageous) men posted “The Declaration of Independence.” Although the document declared independence from the British Crown, it affected, and is still affecting human populations around the globe.What these men did was paradoxically brilliant and yet quite simplistic. They borrowed a concept from the book of Genesis and built a revolutionary, extraordinary system of governing people upon it.
The story involved the allegory of “The Garden of Eden” whereby God endowed Adam and Eve with the gift of free will. The “founding fathers” reasoned that if God granted every person free will, it would be sacrilegious for any person (including kings) to impose his physical, mental or spiritual will on another man. If their idea succeeded, the net result could be nothing less than universal freedom for all world citizens.
As a Nation, if we accept the fundamental truth of the Declaration of Independence, are we not morally obligated to contemplate the relationship of “The Creator” and the quality of life in the US? At the personal level, is there not an inherent benefit for us to cultivate that relationship?
Furthermore, if the underlying importance of establishing a “university” is to expose students to a “universal education,” should this education not explore (without prejudice) the dynamic of “Creator” and creation?
Our founding fathers were keenly aware of the importance of “separation of church and state,” however most of them were deeply spiritual men who regarded everything in the universe as being created by a Supreme Being.
There is, however, built into this mix, what can reasonably be considered the “The Great Human Irony.” Non-believers have taken their God-given-gift of free will and used it to deny the very creative process that allowed them the freedom to deny the source of the gift. It is absolutely stunning. Darwin himself was fully aware of the fact that his theory offered no clues as to the origin of life, the origin of human beings, human values, consciousness, free will and the whimsical appearance of mathematical, musical and artistic gifts.
Thomas Jefferson was well aware of the “Great Irony” and warned his colleagues that if any branch of the newly formed government were to cause it to fail, it would be the judicial branch because, in the end, the courts may not be able to distinguish one man’s free will from another.