Have you ever considered the possibility that the thoughts you choose to think and the work you embrace could have an influence on people hundreds of years from now?
George Washington invited us to live so our influence will continue. He declared, “It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.”
We live at a time when Constitutional protections of our liberty are being challenged. States are abandoning their autonomy and authority to the federal government in exchange for grants of money. Maybe our gift to James Madison and other patriots who precede us is to learn and protect the principles of the Constitution they entrusted to our care. In so doing, our conduct may, like James Madison's, "stamp political happiness" on "ages yet unborn."