In 1776, a brave of daring men signed a Declaration of Independence. It was meant to separate them from the rule of the British Empire, to be free to do as they please, in a pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. It has meant a lot of things to a lot of people. Many have risked everything in order to preserve those ideals.
Many people use it as an excuse to overeat and drink on a day off, but that's another story.
One of the unfortunate drawbacks of this independence is the separation of action and responsibility. All you have to do is turn on the news and see people declare that they had nothing to do with the economic and ecological devastation that their actions clearly created.
"Not me" is the new mantra, from people to be the first to take the credit, but the last to take the blame.
And what of us?
As we watch these people on the news, are we the first to blame them and the last to take the responsibility ourselves? While we may not be poisoning the Gulf with oil, or ransacking the financial world, are we taking responsibility for the actions we take?
Are we taking part in the problem, thinking there's nothing we can do about it? Or are we doing all we can to make our world a better place?
We have that freedom.
It's our freedom to choose, and our freedom to lose.
So when you think about your own independence today, what will you do with it?
Keep the light on!