I just had to share this with you, and not just because it starts off with America's first diplomat, Benjamin Franklin, but because it is about who we are:
Can do - And the Pursuit of Happiness Blog by Maira Kalman
I especially like this part:
"Everything is invented.
Language. Childhood. Careers.
Philosophy. The Future.
The are not just there for the plucking.
They don't exist in some
They must be invented by people.
And that, of course, is a great thing.
That is the American message.
Electricity. Flight. The Telephone.
Television. Computers. Walking on
The Moon. It Never Stops."