Big day for those in the USA but what exactly is this day about and what are the American citizens celebrating on this official holiday?
Back in 1776 a Declaration of Independence was signed and we all know it was about Liberty, Equality and Freedom for ALL. But what is it actually saying and how much affect has this had on the world and not just those living in the USA?
What does the word Independence mean?
Oxford English Dictionary quotes that the word is a derivative of the word Independent
“free from outside control; not subject to another’s authority.”
OK so to most of us that means Freedom and doing whatever we want – right?
No more control or being told by ‘authority’ what to do?
So how has this “freedom” helped one of our biggest nations in the world to evolve?
What has changed in the past 340 years?
These statistics are already out of date, so what are the real numbers today?
Do we care enough or turn and look the other way as it is just too much?
Do we read numbers and ignore the reality because it is in another country?
How serious is it when one of our biggest nations has this going on and we have not asked the Why question?
Why are we not asking for answers when 40 million people in one country are suffering from a mental health problem?
What about all those who are affected because they are living with or caring for someone who has major depression?
Why is a nation spending $249 billion on alcohol misuse problems 6 years ago?
Why do 9 out of 10 adults not know they have pre-diabetes?
Why is it that we do not put effort and resources into getting true and accurate facts out to the public and make this our nations’ priority?
Not sure if you are interested in reading the actual Declaration but here is one line –
‘But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security’.
So let’s break this down – we all know what Abuse is.
Usurpations means taking a position of power illegally or by force.
Despotism means the exercise of absolute power, especially in a cruel and oppressive way.
Evinces means state clearly, make obvious and plain (taken from internet as dictionary has no meaning for this word now).
What is this telling us?
What is this spelling out to us? – pun intended
Is it saying that we do not want to state things clear, plain and make them obvious, so we do not need that word?
In the film ‘National Treasure’ when Nicolas Cage quotes the above line and says it means:
If there is something wrong, those who have the ability to take action have the Responsibility to take action.
Is this telling us something deeper and could this message apply to ALL of us?
Could it be possible that this means we are not to stand by and allow what we Know is wrong to continue?
Could it be possible that some of us ‘have the ability’ to say more, take action and express what we Know, so others do not suffer?
Could it be possible that sitting on the fence, doing nothing when you know you can is what is harming our world?
Could it be possible that if something is Absolute Truth then we are to stand by that Truth, Express that Truth and not hold back – no matter what?
Could it be possible that this message is for the whole world to unite and no longer allow any form of abuse and that includes cyber abuse which was not around in 1776?
Could it be possible that the word RESPONSIBILITY is now in our face?
Could it be possible that this means we have a duty to take action?
Could it be possible that we are accountable and it’s time to look at our level of Responsibility?
Could it be possible that taking Responsibility in a true way will empower us?
Could it be possible that Living Responsibility is what will change our world?
Could it be possible that consistency is now the name of the game?
In other words, we cannot just dip in and out when we feel like it but it’s time to step up and claim that word Responsibility by living it to the best of our ability?
Does this feel too much now as we go and celebrate a monumental day in history that maybe if we can admit, we know very little about?
If for one moment we choose to suspend All our views, opinions, judgements or beliefs and stop the blame, campaigning, championing, fighting and being right about this or that and got Back to Basics what would happen?
What would happen if we commit to taking RESPONSIBILITY for ALL our choices and then be Accountable for those choices?
Would that bring about the True Freedom we are seeking inside of us?
Would that change the meaning of what we may think Independence is?
Is Independence keeping out our fellow brothers and creating tension inside us?
Does this way of living really bring us the True Freedom many of us are fighting for?
Are we as a race of beings designed to be in True Brotherhood and that means not being separate but knowing we are all interconnected?
Dear World – Could it be that simple?
Concise Oxford English Dictionary – Twelfth Edition. Oxford University Press. 2011
The Declaration of Independence
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