On this Independence Day as we gather with family and friends to remember the birth of our country, may we not forget the bravery with which they took their convictions and formed an unprecedented union. May we find the same bravery in manifesting our convictions and working to actively prevent irreversible climate change, in challenging outdated ideas motivated solely by profit, and in working to include all our communities in societal scaled solutions.
For as the lesser known versus exult:
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!
God shed his grace on thee
Till selfish gain no longer stain
The banner of the free!
or as Langston Hughes wrote (as already I have already quoted on this blog)
"O, let America be America again--
The land that never has been yet--
And yet must be"