I’ve been struggling with how to write a blog post for Fourth of July, America’s Day of Independence. It’s supposed to be a celebration, but I find it hard to celebrate when our beautiful country has gone so wrong in so many ways. Our independence has been taken away by corporations, millions of people are suffering mental distress, and we’re facing mass extinction.
Happy 4th of July!?
So I thought, I won’t write anything. But I knew that wasn’t the answer. There are things to celebrate. We can celebrate the possibilities! There are so many people and organizations working on all sorts of different causes to make America great again.
One of these organizations is The Center for a New American Dream. A couple of years ago, they created a video with environmentalist and author Gus Speth to talk about these possibilities. It is so good and pretty much sums up everything I’d want to say on the topic. Have a look!
Let’s prove that we still have it in us to use our freedom and our democracy in powerful ways to create a new America the Possible. An America where the pursuit of happiness is sought not in ever more getting and spending but instead in the growth of human solidarity and real democracy and devotion to the public good and a deep respect for nature.