I was sitting in a crowd of about two thousand people at a 4th of July celebration two years ago listening to everyone sing along to songs with lyrics mentioning God, yankee doodle and the land of the free.
The 4th of July has never been the same for me because I suddenly wondered that night:
Are we really free? Are we really brave?
Are we really free when we are dependent on oil and consumerism to make our economy survive?
Are we really free when we expect the government to fix our problems instead of relying upon our own creativity to fix what’s broken?
Are we really free when we are too busy keeping up with the Jones’ or being the “perfect” parent or having the “perfect” body, stuff, home or relationship?
Are we really free when we go to a job we dislike just to pay the bills?
Are we really free when we have to trade our future environmental survival for short term convenience and profit?
We may think we live in the land of the free, but are we really?
Are we even really brave?
We sit and watch as more and more government restrictions are imposed upon us.
We sit and watch while personal rights are challenged.
We stand by and let corporations steal and cheat.
We look the other way at the homeless man sitting on the street corner.
We deny that 25% of our children go to bed hungry.
We are afraid at facing certain realities that currently exist in our country. Instead we adopt the denial mechanism of positive thinking them away in our individual lives. And that is the key. We act as individuals for our own individual needs.
The problems we face as a society are collective problems that need to be solved by all of us as a collective force. Instead we look at our own circumstances and manage the best we can living with blinders to a bigger picture. Instead we leave the solutions to those with their own agendas hoping that it will all work out for the better.
What happened to that revolutionary spirit that this country was founded upon? How did we become so complacent and willing to stand and wait for others to fix our problems for us?
How did we get here? What will it take for us to face the realities that face our current society? How long will it take before we wake up?
I do wonder…