On this, the 4th of July here in the US, we tend to celebrate Independence Day and all things American. Some of us are wont to escape to Canada for the weekend rather than be barraged by the nauseating patriotism that seems to sweep the nation like a plague (Albert Camus would agree!). Speaking of which, as a balance to all of the "God Bless America" bumper-stickers that seem so ubiquitious these days, I recently saw one that read, "God Bless The Whole World, No Exceptions!" My sentiments exactly.
Our national egocentrism has taken on vitriolic proportions since September 11th, 2001, and I sometimes seethe with resentment at the tunnel-vision that has swept our nation, a nation to which my emotional attachment has only weakened.
The Sirius Community celebrates what they call "Interdependence Day" on July 4th, underscoring the opposite of nationalism and American egocentrism---the interconnectedness of all things, all peoples, all lands. How I wish we could adopt this more inclusive paradigm into our national self-image. Until that time, I see this day as an opportunity to see how our country has devolved, and continue to visualize what could be, what might be, and what some of us already work to create and nurture daily.
Here's to interdependence!