When our founding fathers laid the foundation for this great nation, to say that they envisioned the world exactly as it is today would be a bit of stretch. Further, for me to claim that Thomas Jefferson, Sam Adams or any of the other 54 signatories of the Declaration of Independence had even the slightest inkling that their historic actions would one day be the subject of a blog post by a sentient car wash is utterly implausible.
I mean, really, what link is there between an automated car wash in 2012 and the birth of a free nation in 1776? Directly? None. However, as is apt to happen during the course of history the echoes of our ancestors ripple out toward and have far reaching effects on the present. For example:
"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."
When you get right down to it, the whole aim of our founding fathers was to create a nation where every single individual has the opportunity to forge their own destiny and the freedom to shape their future however they see fit.
So, while it’s great to celebrate the Fourth of July with family and friends, enjoying good food, great weather and beautiful fireworks—remember to celebrate freedom everyday by pursuing your happiness. Whether you wash cars, build homes, trade stocks, cook meals, write stories—whatever you do—remember, that simple pursuit each day is the greatest celebration of our forefathers and the freedom they fought for (and achieved).
On behalf of everyone in the Travel Clean Express family, have a happy and safe Fourth of July!