The Modern Independence Day

Posted on July 3, 2013

Independence Day used to be a time when the whole country was united with a shared experience – even if the shared experience was just oohing and ahhing over fireworks. It’s sad that the day is hardly called Independence Day anymore and often times just referred to as The 4th of July- stripping the meaning of the day to merely a date most people get off work. Do you know the significance of Cinco de Mayo to Mexicans? Me neither. I thought it was just another excuse to party.

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This quote in an article titled, ‘Ecstatic Capitalism’s Brave New Work Ethic’ really got me thinking about the role that Independence Day plays in our lives now:

Our generation has a spiritual void in the space previously filled by religion or patriotism.

- Silicon Alley Reporter

Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum explain the differences between their childhood in the 50′s and the state of America today in comparison, in their book That Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World it Invented and How We Can Come Back. They talk about how lots of American kids had the shared experience of dreaming of being an astronaut when they were growing up and how most kids today aren’t nearly as concerned about the country as they are their own lives. They quote the CEO of General Electric who says that America lacks the confidence that comes with solving one big problem together, like we did in the race to space, or in WWII. America just lacks a lot of togetherness in general these days, and Independence Day is the perfect day to change that.

What are you going to do to share your feelings of patriotism with your fellow Americans tomorrow on Independence Day?

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