With US Independence Day up ahead, I was thinking of a related theme this week, so I was contemplating all the meanings the word ‘independent’ conveys. First, not being under outside control – sovereign, if you will – we’ve heard a lot about that with the recent Brexit debacle. Second, not depending on another for survival – self-sufficiency, the ability to stand on your own two feet. But it’s the third meaning that stood out for me – not connected with each other. Independence is, of course, a good thing, but so too is connection. In today’s troubled world, it seems that, despite technologies making it ever easier to stay connected, humankind is becoming more and more disconnected as nations, unions, religions and ideologies rip themselves asunder. And so instead of celebrating independence for this week’s theme, I thought ‘harmony’ might be a little more aspirational, and what could be more harmonious than a harp player on the streets of Dublin.
A plea for harmony, Martin Luther King’s words etched in stone at his Memorial in Washington D.C.
Just one word from John Lennon, in Strawberry Fields, forever. Imagine.
If you’re celebrating Independence Day this weekend, I hope you do so in the best possible way, by connecting with friends and family. And if you would like to come up with your own, independent but connected version of this week’s theme (everyone’s welcome to join in!) here’s what to do:
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I was born poor and without religion, under a happy sky, feeling harmony, not hostility, in nature. I began not by feeling torn, but in plenitude. – Albert Camus
Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land. – Aldo Leopold