Well, in honor of this here holiday today, I have some thoughts.
While firecrackers, meat, family and drunkenness are probably the focus of most american’s attention today, I think it is worth noting that the holiday itself honors a historical event, the independence of this country from another. The freedom for americans from the taxes, religious control and other imperialist methods of England. Seemingly, granting us the freedom to eventually usurp those roles from our ex-shackle holders.
In human history, this seemingly hypocritical sequence from shackled to revolutionary to shackler has been played out so often and by so many groups of people that it has become the norm for national change.
The consistancy of this just serves to remind us, on this day when millions salute “our” suppossed greatness and superiority, that really now, people are basically the same, whereever and whenever they hail from.
The strange, ignorant and illogical nationalism that is celebrated here today (and in most other countries on their own particular day) just serves to make me ponder the similarity between nationalism and religion.
They are both ancient concepts manufactured by mankind which have formed our history and are used by the majority as a means towards maintaining: focus, confidence and community.
But, on the otherhand (or, actually, the same hand), they are philosophies devised by the powerful and used by them (and other insecure elements of society) as a means of maintaining control of, and division between, the populations of the world through dishonesty, ignorance and fear. As such, they serve only to dehumanize and disenfranchize people and are at the roots of cultural ignorance, racism, sexism, war and the majority of other hostile philosophies that mankind has, unfortunatly chosen to saddle itself with.