It’s Independence Day again. There are flags flying all over town, and many are celebrating a day off work with picnics and parades. We have a rodeo, street dance, parade and carnival in our tiny community. The weather is hot, and the young people who left are back home for a visit to see what’s changed and what hasn’t, and reconnect with old friends.
But what does all this activity really mean to us? What exactly are we celebrating? For many of us, it marks another year that we have managed to stay employed, pay our bills, and watch our family and friends do the same. But what about those who haven’t been as fortunate?
In the land of the free and the home of the brave, are we looking out for those who have been less fortunate, or are we merely celebrating our own good luck? Remember that we are all in this together, which is the whole point of being free. Otherwise, it’s just a free-for-all, which isn’t the same thing, is it?