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Independence from Industrialization 2020

Debra Redalia

The signing of the Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776.

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.

uite simply, this blog is about orienting ourselves and our lives to life, instead of orienting ourselves and our lives to industrial consumerism. Here we are sharing our own journey. You come too.

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Debra & Larry Redalia
lifepartners + soulmates

For more than 30 years we have been delving into the nature and activities of life together. Indeed, this has been and continues to be the very reason we are together. With delight we research, explore, observe and even wake each other up in the middle of the night to discuss how life functions and how we can function as life—even while living in the modern world. We each are different from the norm, but we are different in the same way, so we have been able to think outside of the ordinary together and find the extraordinary workings of life.

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DEBRA REDALIA, Co-Founder of Lifely, has been researching and writing about lifestlye topics for more than forty years. After her first book on nontoxic consumer products was published in 1984, she went on to be the leader in this field as Debra Lynn Dadd. In June 2019, she retired from writing about toxics and industrial consumer products to establish The Lifely Group with her llifepartner and soulmate Larry Redalia. This next step into life beyond industrialization is the result of a lifetime of research and making lifely changes in her own life that have given her greater health and happiness.