As we approach our nation's birthday, barbeque, swimming, and fireworks tend to dominate our thoughts. Hopefully we can make time for another thought, even if it's brief and in between hot dogs, about the men and women who helped make our country and how they weren't very different from us.
Every year on Independence Day, we celebrate the fact that the past is not past, coming together as a nation to celebrate the past, to revere the past, to honor the collective ideals upon which our nation was founded. We pay tribute to the ideals of freedom and liberty and remember that "all men are created equal."
As we celebrate the independence of our nation this week, I am comforted to believe, to hope and to pray that, in time, we might reflect on this heartbreaking event as a harbinger not of hate and division, but of a new era of unity and peace in our nation for all its people.
So this July 4th, I'd ask everyone to go beyond what they might usually do (for example, thanking us for our service) and get to know us through action. A little creativity and an inquisitive mind will turn up lots of opportunities to put your talents to good use.
Attention professional weather prognosticators, TV meteorologists, National Hurricane Center forecasters and anyone whose number one conversation topic centers around Fourth of July weekend atmospheric conditions. Yes, that includes this nation's grandpas.
On Independence Day, I invite you to consider whether all beings--not just humans, dogs, and cats--are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and to join the legions who have chosen to align their lifestyles with their beliefs. All you have to do is go vegan.
Something unexpected has happened along the way -- more and more participants have expressed the sentiment that what we really need is a new declaration of independence.
Together, we can perfect the Union by strengthening our civic life. But to do this, everyday Americans and our leaders need to take action. There are steps we can take today to help secure our future.
If someone ever tells you that it's just meta data, remind him or her of how the British could have used meta data to find Paul Revere and show them this network visualization.
It's the July 4th weekend. My wife, Kathy, and I have a bag full of red, white and blue pinwheels, some Stars and Stripes-brand snack cakes and a packet of mini-flags. We're nearly set for a holiday blowout in the country. Strangely, none of the stores is stocked with hot dogs or chips. No one around us seems to be doing the same.
As we approach the celebration of the Fourth of July, I have been thinking a lot about the history of the United States and where we are today and what might help us move forward.
As Carnegie Corporation of New York honors Great Immigrants this Independence Day, I am reminded of my parents and our journey to the United States in August 1959.
Like Amazing Grace, Interdependence Day would be a message of hope. It would be a signal that the United States of America is a country that recognizes its communal history and prepared to prove that the best is yet to come by celebrating the "Us in USA."
Freedom is a gift, but freedom without responsibility enslaves us to our own whims and desires. Freedom without accountability destroys community, and freedom without purpose sends us into a swirling sea of self-absorption.
The founding fathers were great entrepreneurs. They shipped something akin to a software product: the first version of the "ideological operating system" of the United States. The operating system (OS) was composed of powerful institutions, visibly represented by values, beliefs, words, personas, and symbols.
What does the 4th of July mean to you? For many of us who live in the United States of America, it is fireworks and parades, apple pie and hot dogs, family picnics and barbecues and a holiday that happens at the perfect time of the year.