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Happy 244th Birthday, United States!

7/1/2020 3:16:00 PM BY Susan Lyttek

On Saturday, July 4th, we in the U.S. will celebrate another year of our country’s existence.

It may be an odd celebration to be sure depending on which part of this country you live in, but  just as a birthday still occurs when you’re sick (I remember pneumonia and a blizzard on my 34th, for instance), the country still grows up a little when Independence Day hits.

Or at least, we hope so.

According to what little news I watch or have heard (remember last week’s post) this has not been a good year for our country. It is definitely sick and I don’t mean just suffering from a pandemic. I mean it is having systemic problems with the first half of its name—united. Its people, designed from early days to come from a myriad of backgrounds and then blend, have been refusing to blend.

It’s not the first time in history that this is the case. But many forget (or never learned) that the United States was meant to be a melting pot. Its intent was to take the best of the cultures within it and blend them together, while leaving distinctions intact. I like to think of it as a yummy soup. We all blend together as the broth and gravy while leaving the meat and vegetables in identifiable chunks.

What does that mean in practical life?

It means like the block I live on or the church I worship at. We gather and socialize (under current constraints, of course) from all backgrounds, all heritages, all statuses and all ethnic groups. We acknowledge that while we have differences and different opinions, that we are all members of the same unit.

We are created equal.

It sounds wonderful and it has the potential to be wonderful. But why isn’t it working right now?

First off, I would like to assert that in order to work, we have to live the greatest commandments. It doesn’t matter if you don’t believe the Bible, our equal status cannot thrive without “Love God and Love your neighbor as yourself.” We need to make concerted efforts on a daily basis to look out for the needs of those around us. We need to seek their best.

We need to stop living selfish lives focused on our wants and our comforts. We need stop holding our hands out asking for them to be filled with the latest candy or toy and instead hold out what we own to share with those in need.

There are those who want to make us do what I just said. Those who want the government to force it upon all. At one time, I was part of that crowd. The problem with that, and it’s a big problem, is that the top-down change does nothing to change hearts and attitudes. I believe that if the top-down commands occurred in the U.S., that anger and pain would increase, not decrease. They would increase because people would be upset with sacrificing ‘theirs’ without a choice.

So what do we do? How do we live as a United group of States and people?

It starts small. And that can be frustrating. I would love a magic wand to wave at the crowds and make everyone ‘nice’. But to change the world with any degree of lasting change, it has to be wanted. It has to be voluntary. And that means a personal touch.

Therefore, make a point of reaching out, in honor of our country’s birthday. Love on someone you don’t like. Send them a card, talk to them, give them a gift, whatever it is you feel led to do.

Don’t be surprised if the reaction is suspicion. It takes a while to convince that you don’t want anything in return.

But if enough of us love those around us, we will find that our neighborhoods, our towns and eventually even our country, is a nicer place to be.