The words to the song on the radio were clear enough in sound but didn't resonate very well in my mind. Tomorrow is the 4th of July, Independence Day for the United States. People wave their flags and the male singer emits the words, “I'm proud to be an American.” Add to that claims of living in the land of the free are put out like a hypnotic message as some tell it's better then living in other countries; then proceed to tell of all the wrongs of other countries in order to make themselves look right. Can you imagine what I feel when I'm told I'm unpatriotic when I don't join in this phony pride brigade.
We're a country of ridiculous failures in getting along with one another, living in denial of our cowardly style of life. We do not know how to relate or be in relationships decently enough to commit to one another because we fear giving up the 'me' to join honestly in becoming 'we.' “Find the love of your life,” ads sell our minds into thinking we can buy situations like they're objects that'll make us happy when reality is happiness is an inside issue with us.
We start wars with only fear causing accusations that the majority buy into yet we do not have even the slightest clue about how to achieve 'peace.' This dysfunctional mob mentality is what you want me to hypocritically sing along with goes totally against every fiber of my being.
There are those that tell me they love the United States. Oh really, I wonder every time I hear this. How can this be love when I see the following of representatives that control and manipulate using deceit and deception. But of course don't the majority that make up our society control and manipulate using deceit and deception, whether intentionally or unintentionally? Is that love and if it is wouldn't it be an idea for society to examine the issue about what's love?
My own definition of love is to become the best me I can be and then share that me in a responsible and accountable manner. It is a choice I make in my own individual mind so that requires me to learn to use my own mind instead of letting my mind and the minds of others use me. More important than love is trust and respect. Trust and respect are earned from one another as well of individuals earn their own trust and respect. Self-esteem, self-love and self-confidence are a must for love in order for individuals to be independent so they can become inter-dependent. Sharing demands of us to have and be a person that both is and has something to share such as self-esteem, self-love and self-confidence. Do we have people in the United States that honestly know how to love and if not what's it take to change society's mindset to learn to love? Surely there has to be enough people in the US that have had enough of what's happened in our country that instead of finger pointing they look in the mirror and start from there. Maybe that way the United States could look forward to real independent people truly celebrating Independence Day.