We can always find a reason to throw a party, can't we?
Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, new jobs, your first driver's license - we celebrate. Yay! Some occasions lead us to spend irrational amounts of money yet for others we can party on a dime. Heck, some people consider Friday a holiday! Every. seven. days. Yay!
And then there are the national holidays. Everybody gets a day off. Families congregate, catch up, eat. July 4th - the day America celebrates its independence as a nation, is the second big holiday of summer - and, being so close to the summer solstice (June 21st), the actual start of the season.
This holiday's a favorite - when people of all kinds who are part of the great American stew reflect on INDEPENDENCE. Now there's a Big Idea.
We take time, as women, to reflect on our own lives. The Solstice may have taken us out to the rivers and the places for prayer where we gave thanks to our ancestors.
We might reflect upon what it means to be citizens of America, and not somewhere else - Afghanistan, for example, where women have no rights. What will it take to achieve gender equality, equal rights for women everywhere, asks the United Nations?
While America does not lead in gender equality as much as we would like to believe, most American women are more or less mistresses of our own fate. Free to rise or fall under our own steam. Free to own property, operate businesses.
On Independence Day, the 4th of July, we also reflect on the founding principles of our highly imperfect nation. We recognize that our country is one of the most incredible experiments of all time.
The Constitution continues to prevail when the people cannot agree.
It has been frequently remarked, that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force. from The Federalist Papers ~ Wikipedia
It's worth noting some of the state leaders feared the federal government could one day have too much power.
Look around the world. Monarchies and autocracies spring up wherever there is no ironclad structure to help the people resist it. Even after they've held a democratic election, as Egypt did in 2012, the people can still get tricked! (See "Egypts Only Democratic Leader Helped Kill its Democracy" in The Atlantic.) One even sees how it could happen here!
So it is with no small respect that, although we struggle daily for social justice, equity, and inclusion in America, we honor this country on Independence Day for what it is, rather than what it is not.
Not because someone tries to make us (as major league baseball seems to believe is its role in American life). But because our imperfect democracy is the only system that seems to have a chance of working for people, the largest numbers of people, given human beings' apparently innate lust for power. Or whatever.
So happy 4th of July, y'all!
Heavy thoughts for while you're out there partying folks!
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