Hamilton: Act 2

As I wrote last week, Alexander Hamilton in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s show urges his audience to take shots and to stand up for what they believe in. Woven throughout the story, however, is another message. Not one that comes explicitly from any of the characters but one that comes from Miranda himself.

He understands that being forgotten is a universal fear. We all hope to be remembered. We all pale at the thought of being lost in oblivion. We want our lives to mean something, and because this world is the only place we look to for meaning and reality, we ground ourselves so firmly in this temporary life that we try to find ways to stick around even after we die. Continue reading “Hamilton: Act 2”

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Legacy of Belief

In one of my classes right now, we’re studying the start of America by reading some of her foundational documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Articles of Confederation.

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The Liberty Bell, with Independence Hall in the background
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Inside Independence Hall

A big question that comes up while studying this time period is: What made America different? Was it just a few angry guys who didn’t feel like paying taxes anymore? Continue reading “Legacy of Belief”