Jul 04 2018

Day Four of #NaNoProMo is About the Quadrant Method

Day Four of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month

National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!

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Day four suggests filling this out. Which is great, except I’m doing NaNoProMo largely because I don’t have any ideas I haven’t tried and/ or feel I could do. Thus, I’m not sure what to put here.

Today is the celebration of America’s declaration to no longer be part of the British Empire. Independence Day. Immigrants and refugees, some who enslaved others and most who lived on stolen conquered land declared themselves to be an independent nation. They made no promise to care for or about sick, disabled, or pregnant citizens. No promise was made to not arrest or detain a minor child if a parent or guardian committed a misdemeanor. They didn’t think about promising clean water to all citizens in this new country. Or write down anything to suggest that schools would be safe places, or that the schools would do better than schools of other lands. The founding fathers kicked around the idea of separating Church and State, but didn’t make it concrete enough, or consider all the different religions of their new nation. National Parks would come later, but not with strong enough wording to promise they’d always be protected. Likewise, voting rights for all adult Homo sapiens citizens would continue to be debated far longer than most people believe.

No, those things aren’t part of today’s celebration. It’s really just about the revolution to get out from under British control. What changes might be made to the Declaration of Independence if a time traveler had shown the men who would sign it all that they forgot to include? Would they care? Would they be proud of where the nation they made would end up? We might never know.

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