In my daily life I generally pound my head on many-a-wall about the state of this country. About half the time I don’t like who the United States is, a forth of the time I have guarded indifference, and the other fourth I like it. So in honor of the 4th of July tomorrow, here is a list of the good things:
- National Parks: There are 384 national parks and they cover more than 84 million acres of land in this country. I think that’s impressive. Plus they are stunning. So eat it, all you other countries with lesser national parks.
- All The Cool Shit Happens Here: Even though foreign cinema has its gems, American movies are where it’s at. Also the Internet and personal computers were invented here. Flight, that trip we took to the moon that one summer, oh and Star Wars.
- The Diversity: Ok, maybe this is kind of a cop-out but I am choosing to believe it is not. Even from state to state people here are so incredibly different and I love it! Even though it can often divide us (As it possible is doing right now), all of the different backgrounds, view points, accents, skin colors, regional social quirks, religions. All of it. It’s just so cool.
- The Ability to Say Shit About Our Government: I think this is probably my number one. Even though you can do this in other countries, you can’t do it everywhere. I can say I hate the president. I can say I think the government is stupid. I can say that we need a full regime change. I can dream out loud about what I want for this country, and I will not be secretly executed, will not have to fear for my family or worry I’ll be arrested. I can burn the flag in public, I can scream at the top of my lungs staring straight at the white house or the capital building that this whole thing is BULLSHIT, and you know what they’ll do? Well… probably be annoyed and maybe ask me to leave. But! The people in charge, even though they are dicks, will also uphold my right to scream and burn and march around chanting stuff. (Yay!)
- The Undercurrent of “You Can Be Whatever You Want To Be”: Sometimes it’s as if we live in a vacuum and that maybe the world is just like us, or at least the western world, and that is just really untrue. Inventors and entrepreneurs are not welcomed and celebrated like they are here. If you want to work for yourself – make it happen. If you want to invent the next rocket to the moon – get a kickstarter. If you would like to create the next social media dynamo who is stopping you? Nobody.
What I’m saying is: I’m grateful for the things we have, especially the ability to change. And tomorrow I will celebrate this by eating grilled items and watching other people blow some things up to make pretty sparks in the sky. Happy Independence Day!