reply to post by TheRedneck
First, thank you Redneck, for a well-thought out and beautifully written thread. Much of it resonates strongly in my view as well of where the
United States has come from, and where it is going.
As usual, on July 4th, both m'Bride and I ponder some of the history of the traditional
and play the 1812 Overture as loud as is reasonable. Why the 1812 Overture........ wasn't it written by Tchaikovsky -- A
Russian -- to commemorate the withdrawl of Napoleon from Russia? Yes, I believe so. Apparently,
others do as well.
I play it because it was a standard during my childhood for
Independence Day, which at that time was played by a local orchestra of a very small town on an island park in the middle of a wild river. The
highlight for me as a child, of course, was the firing of the cannon. The symbology is very deep and it still tugs at my heartstrings of patriotism
As it turns out this year, due to being in the midst of a three-day thunderstorm (7" of rain in just the last 24-hours), we didn't light any
fireworks, nor did anyone have to wander by and shake their heads with confusion as to the reason a modest guitar amp duo is blaring this rousing
music. This year, it had to be blared from inside the house, pointing out the front door. I imagine passing frigate birds might've been a tad
Today is Constitution Day in the Cayman Islands, a holiday. Some of us also celebrated Canada Day on 1 July. These are also days that remind some
of us of the various ties between nations and moreover the days that commemorate their governmental foundations, and I remember always those who have
fallen in wars defending those and other ideals. I am not here to defend wars, but I cannot abide by disrespecting those hearty individuals that
fought and still fight them today.
Like you and many other Americans and others throughout the globe, we've had to tighten our belts considerably; Paid work has been less for me and
many others here than in previous years......... but we appreciate that we own shoes. I don't know how many people in the world have shoes, but
I'd guess less than 25%. I appreciate having clean drinking water -- something much of the world struggles with and dies from the lack of. Most
of all, I count my blessings daily that I have love in my life -- the love OF my life, whom I would be lost without. We will face anything that
comes together. Does that sound sappy? I don't care.
Where is the United States going? Well, that's unknown; I'd like to think that her denizens have a say in that direction, but do they as a
whole even had a clear idea of the goals that are best for the sustainable growth of a nation? Do the citizens of any nation? I kind of doubt it;
I don't see clear evidence of it even within this tiny little nation in which I live.
Will I light three boxes of 500g-payload fireworks tonight? Probably. For me, they commemorate what I think of as an "Constitutional season" --
not to imply that such ideas and beliefs are relegated to a few collection of days, but for me, a time to reflect upon history and how it changes us,
and most of all, how we choose to contribute to the writing of it, with our own heart and souls -- the works of our lives.
[edit on 5/7/10 by argentus]