244 years

244 years

Tomorrow is the 4th of July, Independence Day here in the U.S.A.  Independence and freedom have not always been easy to attain or maintain. History shows that citizens, who all came from somewhere else, didn’t always treat their fellow man, or woman, with kindness and respect. Our current unrest proves that independence and freedom are still being fought for in our country.

The way some state governments, federal agencies, and local citizens have treated people they believe to be “inferior” to those in positions of authority has been atrocious. The way some people who have been treated unjustly have chosen to retaliate has also been an atrocity.

This is not a political blog. Please note the emphasis on the italicized word “some.” Not all people see others as inferior, for any reason.  People are people and should be taken on their own, individual, merit. I choose to interact with someone, or not, based on the things I see and hear directly from them.  It’s okay if I don’t agree with someone on every little thing. I’m sure there must be at least one thing that two people have in common.  Obviously, if there are only a very few things you can come together about, that is probably not a relationship that will grow – and that’s okay.  We don’t have to be best buds with everyone, but we also don’t have to hate someone who is different from us.  Find people who are different from you, that you can form relationships with and get to know them well.  It is only by this knowledge that we can know someone else.  If you have never talked to a person, you cannot determine what they are like.  They make be a complete jerk, or they may become a dear friend. You won’t know until you start talking to them.

The United States is not the perfect country, but I would not want to live anywhere else in the world. It was founded on Christian principles, by imperfect men.  When you look at the things they did, some of us ask, “How could they?” We must remember, often, in history, things that were done is how things were done, in that time period.  Many things come to mind, and even are still in practice in other parts of the world.  However, the “idea” of the U.S.A. is a good one. “All men are created equal… by their Creator,” and “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” along with the notion that the colonies were to be “Free and Independent states” joining together for their mutual benefit and protection is often referred to as “The Great American Experiment.”  An experiment is started in theory.  The fact that immigrants poured into our country, looking for a better life, until the Immigration Act of 1924 limited the number of people who could cross our borders is a testament to the hope and beliefs in the ideals of America.  The history of immigrants isn’t always a lovely picture, either, but still they come.

No, we are not a perfect nation, but we are a nation where others want to live. It must mean the American Dream is still alive.  It is up to us to make the idea a reality and continue to strive to bring it into fruition.