I can’t help but reflect on the process that it took for the founders of this country to undergo many years of rebellion on a militant level. Can you imagine living during that era? Let alone making decisions to put together a government with which to run a new country. Really mind boggling when you start to think about all of these details.
All that effort for the sake of freedom. I think freedom is something that is too easy for those who have it to take for granted. I realize that it is within human nature to take things for granted, but I also see the value in reminding ourselves as often as possible to not take so much for granted.
Our freedom is a paradox, really. Look at our dependence and high consumptive rate of fossil fuels. We see freedom as the ability to drive wherever we want whenever we want. But, we have allowed ourselves to become so dependent on one resource which defines for us what we think freedom is. What a shame that we didn’t learn our lesson 30 some odd years ago when we had a jump in gas prices.
But, I’m hopeful that with this go around the stakes have become higher and thus more motivating to find better solutions.
Anyway, I hope your celebration today is everything you could ever hope it to be! We do have much to celebrate in spite of all the gasps of shock at the gas station when filling up!