DEMOCRACY, FREEDOM, AND THE CALL OF THE WILD

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Have you ever had the chance to visit a National Park? Have you seen the sun set over the rim of the Grand Canyon? Have you walked through alpine tundra in the Rocky Mountains? Have you hugged a giant sequoia that shoots 300 feet into the sky?

If you haven’t, you should.

If you have, then you owe a large debt to those who gave these great gifts to you. You see, I am a great lover of democracy. To me, democracy is about the freedom to create a world that is better than you found it. It is freedom to give yourself to a good cause. And here in America, there is a never-ending fountain of democracy-loving people who laid the foundations and passed on gifts of splendor to future generations, and our national parks are one such heritage.

A few weeks ago, I began watching the PBS documentary “National Parks: America’s Best Idea”, and I quickly realized that it was the best documentary that I had ever watched. It will make you want to climb mountain ridges, ride the untamed swells of the Colorado River, and explore never-ending caves of limestone, all while also instilling a strong passion and thanksgiving for this great country we live in.

This sort of film should be mandatory in history classes in every school in the US. Forget memorizing all 44 US Presidents. Pop in this video, thank your parents for giving birth to you in this country, and then get a one way ticket to your favorite national park and go live the dream that was handed to you. For free.