Here is what I love about America…

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Ideas.

We’re a nation of ideas because of free speech. We have the right to disagree, we have the right to agree, we have the right to make up our minds or to change them. We don’t have to be afraid if we come up with something new. New is not dangerous.

I thank God that Americans don’t have reason to fear if they come up with new ideas or have dissenting opinions.

Imagine if  Thomas Edison had been afraid to voice his opinion for a light bulb? He challenged the status quo that had been in place for thousands of years. He demoted candles as the supreme light-givers to modern humanity. If his idea for the light bulb had been deemed as “dangerous” by the political machine, we wouldn’t even have an object to symbolize ideas!

The value of an idea lies in the using of it.

-Thomas Edison

We’d have to use candles to symbolize ideas (Or something like that)… And that’s really just not as nifty. So thanks to free speech, we can now use light bulbs to universally communicate new ideas to the world. You can thank America for that. (And Thomas Edison, of course.)

Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged.

-Thomas Edison
Image used in this article by: Victor Bezrukov