Self Rule

“The proverb warns that, ‘You should not bite the hand that feeds you.’ But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself.”

Thomas Szasz

How did today become about hot dogs? On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the the Declaration of Independence, and the thirteen colonies were proclaimed a new nation, independent of British rule. No more taxation without representation, but instead a free and independent government, by and for the people— if the people happened to be white men.

Americans feared the British government, which was increasingly seen as corrupt and hostile to American interests, and threatened the established liberties that Americans enjoyed.

Today, we are so far removed from the American Revolution that it’s relevance has been diffused. Some would say we have become a government much like the one we gained our independence from, if not one more flawed. 

I like the UK, and other than driving on the wrong side of the road, Brits are much like us, only classier. As such, I propose we stop celebrating Independence Day for what it is, and instead focus on becoming independent individuals who take responsibility for ourselves, no longer blaming others for our own shortcomings and disappointments. Let’s be independent thinkers who look at facts from several sources and listen to each other before we form opinions that we want to force on others. 

Let’s stop letting fear dictate our decisions, take our streets and our public transportation systems back, and stop tolerating violence. 
Let’s be parents who raise our children to be determined, self sufficient, respectful, and aware of injustices that are all around us, every day. 

We can make this a better world if we pull our heads out of the sand, listen and observe. For example, I do not participate in the consumption of hot dogs, but I know the use of ketchup on hot dogs in Chicago is offensive to some. Let’s hold off on the parade until we have become better people. 


July 4, 2016, One Word Daily Prompt: Autonomy~ <a href=””>Autonomy</a&gt;

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