Friday, July 4, 2014

A Few Thoughts On Independence On This July Fourth

In almost every town, village, city, county, state and of course, the United States of America, there will be fireworks and many other displays of patriotism and love of country expressed.  Our independence from the British Empire, which was the entity which occupied this land and slaughtered the original occupants to steal their land, has a spotty history.  Which, I believe, is why this country, born out of violence against others, has finally come to be known as the epitome of violence world-wide!  We declared our independence, but at the same time, foisted the very same violence on peoples and countries all over the world....that is our legacy.  The importation of African slaves to do the dirty work of the original foreign occupiers continued the brutal violence with which our country was born.

We have muddled through more than two centuries, suffering growing pains and subjugating those who, being born naked, never got to progress much beyond a few rags to cover their nakedness.  From the day of the Declaration of Independence, it was meant to be a land which belonged to the upper class and was built by the labor of the underclass.  What a legacy, which being replayed multiple times in our history, brings us to the present day....not a very pleasing sight!

In our current days, the upper class still owns almost everything, but the lower classes are no longer necessary for the upper class to maintain their status, so there has been a concerted effort to starve them out and send their jobs to countries where even less advantaged people do the dirty work for the upper class. This is what they call globalization...which can be defined as greed gone wild, exploiting the poor populace to benefit the flourishing lifestyle of, you guessed it, the upper class.

Can this be remedied?  I believe it can, and lately, reading about how folks have formed cooperatives to grow organic vegetables, build windows, build bicycles, and many other forms or cooperative living are proving that the status quo does not have to be!  More and more, people have decided that they no longer want to be pawns of the upper class and they are breaking the bonds that have kept them enslaved.  My personal opinion is that the time has finally come for independence from the upper class (which includes our vaunted political class who have corruption coming out of their ears along with their campaign contributions!) and from this day forward, the lower class will figure out how to live life for themselves and keep their own rewards for labor well done!

Like all the problems which face us as humans today, it will not come easy or quickly, but come it will!  When humans unite and cooperate with each other there is no limit to what can be achieved!  We just need to prove to ourselves that we can be independent of our chains and think for ourselves!  Yeah, I am a bit of a Pollyanna, but I have a lot of faith in my fellow human beings and have seen how much love we have for one another when we struggle together.  So let's tell the big banks, Wall Street, corrupt politicians, and (feel free to insert any number of oppressors here!) declare our total independence of controlling mechanisms...we have each other!  With a lot of love and hard work we can be truly say this is our Independence Day!    

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