“The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”
Thomas Paine, one of our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, 239 years ago.
It is easy to be cynical and brush off USA as a broken system that is mismanaged by the government and manipulated by corporations. That is indeed true. Yet, it is a fertile ground for optimism.
Winning it’s independence from England was just the start of a long journey towards true Freedom and Independence. It took 87 years to free the slaves and another 102 year to end segregation; 143 years for women to have the right to vote; 148 years for America’s indigenous people to be granted citizenship; 239 years for same-sex marriage equality; and it will take still take a few more years to legalize cannabis and hemp.
The process of true change is slow. There are countless injustices still left to resolve. Yet, we are progressing! Now it is easier for us than ever before, to impact positive change by taking actions to improve our nation and our planet. Despite it’s cumbersome restrictions and limitations, we do have the ability to follow our passions, create our own lives and positively impact the lives of others. Our Founding Fathers will be proud to see that “Independence” is taking place on the most individual level, as thanks to advancements in technologies people will have options to go off the grid with sustainable systems and not rely on the government or corporations to maintain a happy, fulfilling life. For such opportunity, I am forever thankful to this nation and all the people who advanced our freedoms. We vow to continue the progress towards Utopian Freedom and Independence.
Happy Birthday USA!