- Posted by Janet Zaretsky
- On July 4, 2017
- 1 Comments
Here in the United States we are celebrating Independence Day as the birth of our nation, a day when our founding fathers declared our independence from Great Britain. In 2017, it is interesting to consider what independence really means, how it applies in a societal context and how it impacts us personally. That is what this blog is about.
Dictionary.com defines independence as: “freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.” And freedom is defined as: “exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc. or the power to determine action without restraint.” Let’s look at how this definition, if taken at face value would impact us, really.
If I, as a citizen, were free and independent, as defined, I would not have to adhere to the control of laws or mores of society. I could do as I pleased. On one hand, that sounds fun, and if I think about that, expanded, to every citizen, it would be chaos. As my rights would not need to be considered by others as they could do whatever they pleased.
In business, this would result in a WIFM only world, not providing support to anyone else. Not my cup of tea! I prefer an interdependent world. I love the idea of creating a win-win world. While none of us were alive when the fight for independence was happening and the document that declared this country free from the governmental control from Great Britain. We are truly interdependent on all nations in the world and all people in the world for the life we are living. I don’t want to get too deeply into a philosophical nor political discourse, just to simply allow us all to realize how someone in China, under their government, the way they act, their relationship to our planet and shared environment, for example, does actually affect you and I, and vice versa. We cannot escape the influence we all have on one another. Even observing what we find unacceptable in other countries or societies or religions or ways of living impact the way in which we live. Why not use that for win-win relationships and activities?
What if in celebration of the birth of our nation, we reached out to someone we did not know and simply got to know them. That would be inspiring, and expand each of our world view’s. If you want to really push to creating a win-win world, reach out to someone and inquire how you might support them and then do one thing that you would not have done before. Or perform ‘random acts of kindness’ once a month or once a week.
I realize we are very fortunate to live in 2017 in a country where we can say what we like without facing governmental interference, where we can get a job, pay our bills, eat whatever food we prefer. Things may not be perfect, as you and I define perfect (which is likely to be different from each other😊) but we do have a pretty great life.
Today, this week, this month, I am going to celebrate my inter-dependence and our nation’s birth by looking for opportunities to create win-wins and celebrate humanity. Won’t you join me?