Paper and ink have a price; ideals and freedom are priceless – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper
Can you put a price on freedom?
It’s an interesting question, barely a week after we paid tribute to the men and women who served in the military and helped protect our freedom here in the United States.
And it’s made even more interesting by a little bit of news that didn’t make the national headlines this week.
A rare first edition of the United States Constitution sold at Sotheby’s in New York for a record amount of $ 43.2 million.
The buyer, Citadel hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin, called his purchase a “holy document.”
“The US Constitution is a sacred document which enshrines the rights of every American and of all who aspire to be,” he said in a statement.
What some may think of as mere words on parchment are, as Griffin so aptly put it, much more for us in America.
The Constitution of the United States epitomizes the ideals of our Founding Fathers, the men whose vision and passions led to the birth of a nation and the formation of the democratic republic of the world. The Constitution – although it is impossible to be exhaustive – remains today the benchmark by which we interpret and establish our laws and we govern ourselves. He grew and adapted – through amendments and court rulings – but most of all, he didn’t break up.
And today, well in this new millennium where technology rules our lives and digital platforms provide the basis for our ideas and our discourse, we still see the value in a piece of parchment written 240 years ago.
Because wise words, a vision and a hope are invaluable no matter how old they are.
While we can put a price on an original copy of the US Constitution, we can never put a price on the freedoms and opportunities it gives us.
And for that, we are grateful.