4 July 2008
It’s been exactly five years since I sent out my message titled “Independence Day.” ( http://hackneys.com/blog/2003/07/04/independence-day/ )
In the intervening 60 months, we learned a few lessons about our own independence, our freedom, mostly related to how precious it is, how much we prize it and how we consider it the most important attribute of our lives. In the same intervening 60 months we witnessed citizens of other countries of the world long for and dream of freedom, or cling to and prize what little freedom their governments offered. In contrast, in those same intervening 60 months, most Americans continued to take their freedom for granted, consistently showing by their words and actions that alternatives such as entertainment, materialism and celebrity worship rank much higher on their value scale than the freedom their country provides.
The rest of the story is here: www.hackneys.com/travel/docs/232times.pdf