William Penn’s Seed of Love
William Penn believed a great nation would sprout from a single seed. And it did.
Out of Philadelphia, a new nation was conceived. Yet, it was not about a place but an idea. An idea that could undergird any nation that dared to give its citizens the liberty of conscience Penn so consistently fought to establish. An idea that would inspire Thomas Jefferson to say, "William Penn was the greatest law-giver the world has produced." But even to Penn, the law was only an expedient pointing to a day when society could be held together not merely by its laws, but by mutual trust, love, and respect.
Penn said, “Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them, and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men, than men upon governments. Let men be good, and the government cannot be bad; if it be ill, they will cure it. But if men be bad, let the government be never so good, they will endeavor to warp and spoil it to their turn.”