Back on the ice. Here is the illuminated pyramid from the Caribou Coffee City of Lakes Illuminated Loppet. You can see the pyramid from above in yesterday’s post and here it is from ground-level. The pyramid has 200 ‘luminaries’ alone. There are 400 of them forming a path on Lake of the Isles. I got to learn more about this project when Hal Galvin called yesterday. Hal and David Bryan are responsible for the light show; you can read more about them in this WCCO interview. He called me hoping to see some more of my pictures of the lights, so hopefully I’ll get to meet him later on this week. The lights are blocks of ice made in buckets with candles in them. I’m curious about the whole process and look forward to talking with him more. I’ll let you know what I learn.
Super Bowl Declaration of Independence
I don’t know if you saw this during the Super Bowl, but they produced this dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth the time. I’m often troubled by the US citizenry’s lack of knowledge of the constitution and history. Like ‘School House Rock’, this production makes the Declaration of Independence tolerable to the less interested. If a few people are inspired to learn more about the Declaration of Independence, great; if some go on to read the first draft and see what was cut out for political expediency even better.I was reading the comments on the YouTube page for this video and ran into a discussion of the first draft. I had not read this before; someone pointed out a section that had been removed. Many people take issue, and rightly so, with the line “all men are created equal” when the constitution (adopted 11 years later) allowed for slavery. There was a section removed from the declaration that addressed slavery and starts:”He [King George of England] has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemispere, or to incure miserable death in their transportation hither….”Slavery was here when the country was created. I wish we had resolved that problem in 1787. But we didn’t and have suffered ever since.I’m glad they created the video and I hope that a few other people have thought about it and maybe, just maybe, some conversations have come from it. Today is Super Tuesday and the horse race is in full swing. Sometimes politics is a dangerous topic, but talking with those around you about the original intent of the Great American Experiment is a good idea; who knows, you might learn something.