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Independence from Industrialization 2020
It seems like every year at this time I want to write about independence from one thing or another, and this year is no different.
But each year I seem to have some new awareness of a different aspect.
This year I chose an image of the actual signing of the Declaration of Independence because it is the moment that the declaration of independence from the King of England was made, and the colonists of American declared themselves to be free.
In the same way, Larry and I are declaring ourselves free from the tyrannies of industrialization every time we write a post for this blog. Day by day, step by step, we become more independent of industrialization.
According to the dictionary, to be independent is
- to be free from outside control
- to not depend on another's authority
- to not depending on another for livelihood or subsistence.
Stated another way, to be independent is
- to control ones own life
- to have the desire and ability to live from one’s own authority
- be responsible for one’s own individual decisions, livelihood and life.
This doesn’t mean standing alone, because at the same time we are also interdependent with everyone and everything that contributes to our lives, including people, organizations and the environment, so independence means taking responsibility for their wellbeing too.
We love the opening paragraph of the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Note that the very first unalienable Right is LIFE.
Our pursuit of life—not just having bodies that are barely alive, but living vibrant, dynamic lives in spirit, mind, and healthy bodies while participating in the whole of Life—is not only our birthright but is the very foundation of our country.
Citizens of the colonies wanted the freedom to make their own decisions about their own lives and their own country. And so we have Independence Day.
To us, Independence Day is about remembering our freedoms and rights, being aware of who and what may be limiting them, and being diligent about protecting these rights. And not just for us here in the United States, but for everyone in the world.
On Independence Day this year we are living at a time of profound disruption and uncertainties of all kinds. Yet at the same time, it is an opportunity to rise and create something new, just as our forefathers and foremothers did when they stood for independence.
On this Independence Day we are celebrating our continuing stand for independence and freedom to live oriented to Life.