Independence Day Thoughts 2020.

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Today was Interdependence Day in the United States. The day has been filled picnics and friends gathering. Traditions of celebration. I spent the day watching the military parade with my dad who is a former marine and Vietnam veteran. Dad isn’t really a fan of war as much as he is a connoisseur of the machines. With the sound off and his eyes fixed on the screen he gave his own account if each aircraft as they passed over. He knows all the stats and capabilities. A few he had actually flown in. With his voice cracking he recounted the day he witnessed two helicopters get too close during a training exercise and go down with 14 of his fellow marines on board. The next plane to fly over was one that a childhood friend of his had piloted and gotten in trouble for a low altitude flyover of their hometown.

That’s when the Eisenhower quote in tonight’s feature image came to mind. The pilot had taken a risk as an expression of his freedom. As I began to contemplate the words I thought of my own life experiences. I have never served in the armed forces but I have expressed my freedom with risks. Leaping into the lake from 60 foot high cliffs is an example that actually came up in a recent conversation. Strapping on a large knife and exploring the forest alone at the age of 11 years. There’s are bears and venomous snakes in the area. Any number of accidents could have happened. But without those risks I could not have become the person that I am today. I would have never developed my love of nature or learned to sit quietly and think about the deep questions. The only way that could have happened was being allowed to have the freedom to take the risks.

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8 thoughts on “Independence Day Thoughts 2020.

  1. It was a different sort of independence here in England with the lockdown being eased. The freedom to take risks gives us space to have fun and yes, it shapes how we grow. Nice to know you got a good thought from it.

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    1. Thank you Lucas 😊

      As a youth in the 80s the original movie “Highlander” had bit of influence on me. The question “Do you want to live forever?” Was even addressed in one of Conan the barbarian movies.
      The prize for the highlander was the ability to be mortal and eventually die outside of battle. For Conan it was the knowledge that his God would receive him in the afterlife. For myself, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” All of this leads to overcoming a bit of fear because the risks are not as large as they seem.

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