Once a year our country celebrates its independence. Most of us honor this holiday with a picnic and fireworks. I can only wonder if, between helpings of hamburgers and jello ribbon salad, they are thinking about what the concept of independence is.
So, what is true independence like? What would this mean on a personal level? Is it possible in our society? Is it even something we’d even want? This means not being dependant on the very things we need to survive: utilities, stores, money and so on. Living “off the grid” in other words. But even that would have you rely on equipment, animals, favorable weather. To be completely independent seems just about impossible. It would be a lonely and unnatural existence in a world designed as an ecosystem.
But going back a bit…what if each of us could celebrate our own individual independence, on a day of our choosing? Independence on a personal level would be relative, of course. Since we’ve discussed that true independence is nearly impossible, perhaps independence from a few selected burdens could be observed. Don’t want to go to that stressful family function? Declare your Independence Day. Tired of resisting that chocolate cake in the kitchen? Today is diet independence day. See? It gives you a warm freedom-honoring feeling, and makes your personal decisions seem like logical and respectable rights to celebrate.
I’ve chosen today as my Independence Day. I’m independent from my feet while I blog, and later I will be independent from my obligation to clean the house.