Tomorrow, July 4th, Americans will celebrate Independence Day. On this day in 1776, America declared its independence from England.
Americans will barbecue and wave flags. Almost every community will shoot off fireworks. The television will reflect on our nation’s fight for independence, then and now.
The problem is, they are all wrong. America is not independent. None of us is independent!
We do not stand alone, self-reliant, in anything, anywhere – not any one person, not any one city, not any one state or nation. As people, we rely on each other, on our families, on our communities, on our friends and neighbors. And as a nation, it’s not much different.
We are connected to the past. We are connected to the future. We are connected to each other’s today, and we are creating each other’s future.
We are not independent. And the more we think we are, the sillier we prove ourselves to be.
Feelings of loneliness and alienation are not just for anti-depressant ads. Those problems apply to any region or nation that believes it can survive without the supportive assistance of friends who care.
And so I propose we declare this a day of celebrating America’s INTERdependence.
Let’s set off fireworks to celebrate how much we have in common with the rest of the world. Let’s declare July 4th to be “We All Want the Same Thing” Day – a peaceful, healthy, vibrant, incredible world in which to live.
And then let’s make July 4th an international day of commitment to building that world – together.
Independence is a fallacy, a myth. We need each other – as individuals, as nations, as a species. We are creating the future together, all of us, right now, with and for each other, whether we do so consciously or not.
Let the fireworks begin!