Since many are marking their country’s “birthday” in the US today, we wanted to ask: How do you celebrate yours? Are you all for a big bash, or more of a low-key birthday boy/girl?
I’m in the low key a category.
Fireworks are another one of those products that became legitimized by war. Some Chinese guy came home from the war with the Mongol hoards and his family said, “Hey, what was it like?” He replied, “I got some unused powder in my duffel bag, how bout I show you.”
Like many holidays they are filled with myth and inaccuracies. The real good is that people relax and spend time with other people, whether family or friends. It is a time to do things not normally done throughout the year; take time to communicate and enjoy the company of others. It is a time to slow down and smell the roses rather than the firecrackers.
The fourth is day full of empty speeches from politicians who bloviate to the point of nausea. They try to link and associate every bad idea and misguided act of war to the struggle for independence. They portray their cause and principles on equal footing with with those of over two hundred years ago. Which in reality was to keep blacks enslaved, steal land from natives, give power to the wealthy, and subjugate the masses. I know, kind of anti patriotic. Yet, this is not to say I don’t appreciate the freedoms enjoyed, but they are the ones enjoyed by most of the world who celebrate their national holidays with all the gusto that the U. S. does.
Just enjoy the day off.