The History channel ran a show last weekend about the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The show described what they were up against: breaking ties with their mother country, saying they wanted to govern themselves (and do it in a way no one had done before), and doing it all in full knowledge that they would be guilty of treason against the king if they were caught, punishable by hanging. Somewhere, somehow, they got the courage to sign their names and send it off to King George. It was a gamble, and we reap the benefits.
Personally, I love the idea that I live in a country founded by rebels against the status quo.