Who among us is truly Independent? What person, family, town, business, state, nation or planet depends on nothing outside of itself for its sustenance and existence in harmony? All exists in an interlocking network of interdependencies.
Independence Day honors the break from tyranny that occurred in the olden times. The importance and consequence of this transition, in all its greatness and imperfection, still plays itself out in our world today. In honoring that transition we can take a moment to put ourselves in that time, and to imagine the transcendence that took place. A centuries-old status quo broke down as central rule evolved into republican rule, as monocracy was overwhelmed by democracy, and as ordinary people were promoted from peasanthood to empowered citizens.
We know that those representatives and citizens where engaged in debating the issues of the times, often bitterly. Nevertheless they were able to lift the whole balance of human organization and governance to the next higher rung. Independence benefited everyone, even the partisan rivals of the times, and sparked a global ideological revolution.
It is simple to see our partisan struggles in modern times. They are what we read about, talk about and expend vast amounts of energy and money engaging in. What is not so simple is to look up and to see the next higher rung in ideological evolution. Truly beneficial change will have to benefit all of humankind, not just those we happen to agree with in our current patterns of thought. What is that change? read more »