I think sometimes we may get lost in the moment. We forget events in the past. We then look at the present and despair. The despair prevents action to go out and do good deeds. “It is so bad out there, what good can come of me doing anything for the betterment of mankind?” Another mishap is to forget the courage of heroes in the past where others have gone before us and stared death down. Perhaps as problematic is the failure to see that ideas shape our actions.

Sometimes it is easy to drown in sorrows and believe you are all alone in suffering. On this day, two tragic events happened that can remind us to be grateful for what we have and know even in the midst of great turmoil, goodness will sprout. The Great Seattle Fire destroyed nearly all of downtown Seattle in 1889. It started in a cabinet shop. It destroyed 32 city blocks and grabbed the life of one child during the flames (others during the cleanup) and lasted about a day.

Exactly seven years prior, in Bombay, 100,000 were lost when a cyclone created massive waves that reached its shore. This would be about the equivalent of the Victoria Metro area.

It is common to hold up examples of courage. This day provides two to be remembered. It shows us that it is possible to stand in the face of death and say “Not yet.” To get up when you are worn out, dragged down, and almost out for the count. Two enormous battles bring to mind many elements of courage. The Battle of Midway and Operation Overlord, which will always be remembered as D-Day, are two historic scenes of courage in the face death. The Battle of Midway was about 4 days underway already and was the attempt of the invading Japanese navy to take advantage of a demoralized U.S. Navy. D-Day, the day 160K soldiers landed on the shores of Normandy, is where many troops lost their lives in a battle where one side thought we are created equal and the other side believed some are more equal than others.

This day is June 6th. It is also the day that a philosopher known as Jeremy Bentham died. Whereas I pray his soul is at rest, I long for the day his philosophy is no longer practiced, but remembered for the many errors it has sprout forth. Had it been his way, our Declaration of Independence would have been naught. I don’t think he really cared for that one line, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

On the contrary, another man that died this day a mere 33 years prior was Patrick Henry. It appears his "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” is quite the contrary to the battle cry of the Benthamite utilitarianism.