On this Fourth of July it is the word that comes to my mind. A simple word, but one that means so many different things to so many different people. For those of us lucky enough to be born in this country where freedom is our right, the Fourth of July is a day to celebrate our independence and liberty as a nation.
The ideal of freedom is a beautiful thing. We are free of something and free to do something. Anything.
We may be free as a nation, but we are not free to live as we see fit. Large groups of people are suppressed, oppressed, denied rights, discriminated against or stymied. Gender bias, gender identity discrimination, bigotry, spousal abuse, children’s rights, LGBTQ inequality, religious persecution, and more are practiced here at home (and around the world).
These are just some of the big issues affecting large groups. I find it sad that in 2017 these problems still exist. We the people, here in the United States, need to work on eliminating these abuses. I urge you read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Remember what we stand for, what we fought for, and still fight for.
On an individual level, many of us fight for personal freedoms and rights. Financial independence, the rights to healthcare and education, release from an abusive relationship, bullying, and many more personal issues weigh heavy on us. To you, I say on this Independence Day, perservere. Stay strong. Fight for what is right. Resist what is wrong. Live your life with purpose and intent.
Today, my word is FREEDOM. What’s your word?
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