I had a disturbing conversation with a young woman yesterday, a conversation about the 4th of July. It went something like this-
she: Why do we celebrate the 4th of July anyway?
me: Do you know what the 4th of July is?
she: Well’ ya I know it’s independence day or something like that, so what.
me: If not for Independence Day this world would be a very different place, in fact your ability to speak so carelessly about the liberties and freedoms you have grown up with would likely not be possible!
she: I don’t care about history, that happened in the past and doesn’t matter to me.
I won’t continue with the rest of the conversation, but suffice it to say it doesn’t get any better. This conversation saddens me, and it concerns me, and frankly it pisses me off! Why is this conversation taking place and how can there be so much irreverence about this cornerstone time in history, the birth of the “United States of America“! I am really getting tired of the negativity attached to value statements regarding our country the good ole US of A. There seems to be a division in thought in this country as well. The heartland still believes in the America that was and hopes to be again, the coasts and essentially the large metropolises is where a lot of this negativity seems to be emanating from.
Let’s all just think for a few minutes about what our world would look like if we were never to have become a nation.
Where would Europe be ( Hitler ), or how about Russia, the Berlin Wall in Germany? I could easily go on, this country has greatly impacted the world. Of course this country started with a very different set of ideals than we now hold. Is it that the further we move from our Judeo Christian heritage the further we move towards an attitude of me first, ingratitude, and no vision for the future or learning from our past?
Hard questions, but as we say Happy Birthday America questions that may be a foretelling of Independence day in the future.