• StevenF

Land of The Free, Home of The Brave

The title of this post is a bit sarcastic. I haven't felt so cynical about my country as I seem to feel today. It almost feels like America has been such a bad child lately that it deserves a time out rather than a birthday party.

I sometimes wonder how the Founding Fathers would feel about where we are today as a country. Maybe they would still be very happy that their American experiment has endured this long. But I wonder if they would be appalled by all the mass shootings, particularly involving children, or what they would think about the state of our democracy or political corruption. I wonder how they would feel about mass media and the Internet and the divisions that exist among US citizens.

Certainly the Founding Fathers had political divisions of their own. Certainly this American experiment had and has continued to have its share of challenges and difficulties.

I don't pretend to know how they would feel. Would they still be pleased or would they roll their eyes at our behavior?

I read a quote today that said something like "Freedom is not the freedom to do whatever we want but the freedom to do what is right."

It's a nice quote, but it feels like we can't even agree on what is right anymore. We can't agree on what is in the best interest of this country. Perhaps we've never been able to, but it sure feels like our divisions are the worst they've been and people can't even agree on facts, let alone opinions.

Anyway, I'm not in a very celebratory mood today. We're having a barbecue with my niece, great-nephews, and sister- and brother-in-law, which is very nice. But my mood regarding Independence Day itself is rather pessimistic today, unfortunately. In many ways, I feel we have squandered and abused our freedom.

Sometimes today when I see someone parading their patriotism or symbols of patriotism such as the American flag, I actually find myself feeling defensive rather than proud or uplifted.

Glad to have work off today. I feel like the aftereffects of COVID have been "one step forward, two steps back." Yesterday I was feeling pretty good; today, less so.

I only have four chapters left of the audiobook I am working on. It's been fun and challenging (in a good way). I am looking forward to doing more and hopefully getting better at it.

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