Independence Day is a great holiday. We get to enjoy fireworks, food, and spending time with people that we love. Independence Day was created as a day to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and our freedom from Great Britain.
However, we often distort exactly what independence is in our country. In our country, we have surely become “independent” since 1776 but it’s not healthy by any means.
If you take one glance at social media, you will see how independent we have become. Media users will say they “don’t need anyone” and they can “do what they want and when they want”. People will post comments and refer to their freedom of speech.
Here’s where our American idea of being independent and free gets us into trouble. People forget that no one can survive on their own. Everyone needs friends aka support and encouragement; therefore, I’d like to see anyone who is surviving without help. And by friends—I’m referring to people who help us make adult decisions.
Accountability is also something we all need. When people say that they can do whatever they want, there is a price for the #BestLife mentality. Money and time are not unlimited resources as we enjoy activities. Our social media posts and comments stay out there forever in cyberspace. So yes, while we can say what we want, there are things we need to consider: other people.
We need to ask the following question when we get on this independent kick—-why?
We live during very advanced times in technology and communication. Everything should be easier and we can do things faster and more efficient. However, our minds and souls were not built to be a robot. We need presence from others and they need our presence too. And we need God. Not the God that we feel makes us superior to others but the God who humbles us and shows us how to love others.
May we celebrate our Independence and yet realize the need for connectedness and unity. This is what truly makes America great.