Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Birthday, USA!


On this Fourth of July, it might be a good thing to take a break, have a seat,
 and think about the things that unite us citizens  . . .

It's a kind of depressing exercise . . . love of freedom came to mind and then I realized that one person's freedom is another's anarchy; one person's freedom of religion -- for example, reading the Bible, Koran,  (fill in religious text here)  in school is another person's idea of propaganda; one person's freedom from want is socialism to another . . .
I think I'll go for a walk.
  
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23 comments:

Ms. A said...

I'd like to take that walk with you!

Happy 4th!

katy gilmore said...

have a good walk Vicki - and a good sit on your porch with a glass of iced tea!

Martin said...

Ironic, isn't it? Any country should be proud to unite under the banners of diversity and tolerance. The sad reality is usually something quite different. Hang on, I'll join you for that walk!

Margie said...

Hi Vicki, I hope your walk proved successful. I have awoken this morning to International news that scientists have discovered an atom that could be the elusive Higgs bosom, this sub atomic particle is suppossed to enhance our understanding of the universe. My first reaction was to question if it would enhance realtions between human kind. You post seemed to me to be on a similar theme. Big hugs, Margie.

Kath said...

Happy Independence Day. Here's to our country where we can take that walk and consider our diversity.

Brian Miller said...

ha, a walk might be more fruitful...hard to think what freedom really means and is that what we celebrate...

GrandmaK said...

Wishing you a grand holiday!!! Would be wonderful to wander the trails there! Cathy

Terri Buster said...

Happy 4th Vicki- looks like a lovely place for a walk.

Barbara Rogers said...

May you have a happy independence day...and thanks for making us think about the meaning. Enjoy that walk.

Merisi said...

Happy Fourth of July, Vicky!


A bit more tolerance and compassion might be good birthday gifts. Nicely wrapped and enjoyed and unwrapped by all. Something along that line ....

Frances said...

Happy Fourth of July to you, Vicki. I do like your idea of taking a walk. I am currently reading The Wind in the Willow (for the first time in my very long life) and am very struck by its wisdom.

xo

Frances said...

Willows!

Miss_Yves said...

A funny chair, but you have to add the stars to rest and think about freedom and tolerance...
Happy Independence Day!

Helene Adams said...

Enjoy the walk, Vicki! doing same thing here...;)

Vicki Lane said...

Well, sorry not to be more upbeat -- too much critical thinking, perhaps.

Oh, lucky you, Frances! That is a wonderful book -- the picnic basket, Dulce Domum, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, those three things leap to mind. I may have to go get mine for a re-read.

Beth said...

Can I come along on that walk, too, please? Honestly, these days being in nature is more of a balm for my weary spirit than anything I know. And, by the way, my 4th of July post is a bit somber, too. It's hard not to feel that way when you really think about the state of things these days.

Star said...

Freedom is ok when you want it, but when you get it, it takes on a whole new meaning.
Whilst walking round the Tower of London a couple of years ago, with my American husband, one of the Beefeaters asked if there was anyone there from America. A few brave souls put their hands up in the air. Well, said the Beefeater, 'just think, all this history could still be yours, if...' I smiled.

JJM said...

I trust you realize most of your fans were quietly walking along behind you in spirit like a row of ducklings ... (Quack, quack, waddle waddle ... ) It helps to wander out and see what a beautiful, beautiful country this is, and reflect upon the fact that it has so many truly splendid people dwelling within it. In the end, those who would force such petty squabbles upon us are in the minority, and will fade away when that truth becomes more and more evident.

Happy Fourth, Vicki, and to all here virtually assembled.--Mario

Vicki Lane said...

What a lovely thought, Mario!

I think that it's because I'm surrounded, literally and virtually, with such nice caring, intelligent folks, that the wackos out thhere kinda get to me now and then...

We'll just keep walking . . .

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Vicki -- Freedom of religion seems to me the toughest idea for many folks to swallow. -- barbara

jennyfreckles said...

Well, a walk in that sunny woodland looks a perfect idea. Happy 4th Vicki!

Regarding the Higgs Bosun particle mentioned by your commenter, someone has tweeted that they're taking bets on some southern US state making it illegal!

Thérèse said...

Going for a walk is definitively the best thing to do...
:-)

Darla said...

I so get this, Vicki. Ron and I spent our holiday walking for hours at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. That's how we celebrated the 4th.