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    Through analytical science, humankind has placed our humble blue starship marble in the “center of the known universe.” In every direction are 47.5 billion light-years to our species’ known edge of the unknown continuous edge of the heavens’ heaven.

    A freak flag

    There are 5.88 trillion miles in a light-year; 96 billion light-years are a veritable eternity of time and space for our mortal minds to comprehend. Our collective evolution wants to know more of this created space-time continuum.

    Humanity is driven to exercise by whatever means, our instinctive inalienable rights — our right to nourishment, to defend, protect, heal, educate ourselves, to speak our minds. Our life-driven constitution requires us to respond, whether right or wrong, to act on one’s “inner spark.”

    As individuals, we question and explore ourselves and our collective understanding of humankind’s knowledge. The only guarantee everyone born into this physical life drama has, is his suffering and death; we all strive to avoid both — at the expense of both. We are driven by our universal wonderment of creating and understanding our completed works. Hopefully, the freedom to live life on the terms we best understand is acceptable to everyone’s carnal end-journey. Most every human family member exercises these inalienable rights!

    Long before any organized government of man ever existed, there have been these inalienable rights. Individuals inherently protect and exercise these rights against any individual, group or government that attempts to deny individuals and collective humans of these fundamental rights. The American founding fathers understood governments of men, of trying to strip citizens of these fundamental human rights and control humans by force, to do what the hegemony demands. Indeed, a man alone, or as a collective of citizens are not agreeable of their denied rights; we are driven to exercise our inalienable rights, by whatever means.

    The world history of evolved social governments causes a deflection of these human-nature rights, by man-made laws. As citizens of our human origin, on occasion, there needs to be a reminding of individuals that these rights are the basic fabric of their being. Thus, affording us to be more personally intelligent and to facilitate the acceptable path of exercising our inalienable rights, as a way of living our lives.

    Speak your mind, make your will be known — be not afraid, be bold in your proclamations of your rights and rights of those you love. The world, our little Four Corners world, is in dangerous times; some are forgetful of their inherent rights being intact. Remind the wayward of who, and what, and where they are. If you are offended, don’t just remind visitors; act for travelers what their responsibility is to be visiting our home.

    Be safe, stay healthy, and exercise your inalienable rights. Espouse the 1960s counterculture rights mantra — Let your freak flag fly!

    Happy 4th of July.

    — Gary Hazen

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