I have always liked the 4th of July for what it is. A day of celebration of family, good food and a reflection on how we have been blessed as a nation. A day at the beach or the pool is usually in order. Relax and watch the waves or spend some time on the boat enjoying family and friends. Nothing really spectacular or unique or cool. Some fireworks and good food.
The 4th is the celebration of freedom, right? We all enjoy the gift of living in the United States and probably take freedom for granted. Freedom is an amazing gift but like any other good thing it can be abused.
I feel like we are losing our grip on the simple and boring. We do not celebrate this kind of thinking as a country anymore. If you have simple and wholesome values, you can actually be ridiculed now for being boring and normal. The fringe is what we celebrate. The unique and sometimes even outrageous. If you are a quiet and average American you are not cool. So what is so wrong with normal?
We have become a nation that is obsessed with freedom for the edges and the fringe. And what we have lost along the way is innocence and a respect for the simple and good. This obsession over cool and edgy has been the breeding ground for a generation to grow up too quickly. The self-indulged “right” to express yourself however you want. The change of a complete generation’s life goals from “raise a nice family” to power and money.
We have transformed as a nation into one giant, never ending, self-centered argument. We have lost the ability to communicate. We only yell at each other. We’ve completely lost any vision to see the other side. In this noise, there is no celebration for the boring people who go to work each day and try hard to raise a family and maintain some semblance of normalcy and reality for life. Trying to shield our children from the nonsense. This celebration of the outrageous. The “big show” going on around us.
I think we need to get back to our roots. Review our values. Be frank about what we have created. Review our commitment to the next generation. Can we do it? Or is the genie out of the bottle?
This 4th of July, I celebrate freedom for everyone including the boring people. They want the opportunity to live without being cool or edgy. Just have a great day with family and friends and be thankful for the blessings. Nothing spectacular. Nothing epic. Just another boring 4th of July!