“We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” ― Howard Zinn
Today America honors the Fourth of July. A holiday that focuses on celebrating the sovereignty of our nation and the power we hold to have open and free conversations.
Weaved in between the barbeques, parades, and fireworks are opportunities to take advantage of the liberties our democracy gives us and engage in dialogue. To celebrate the effect the collective voice can have.
We must also ask ourselves: what needs to be accomplished to continue advancing?
Whether it is political, social, or economic change, small acts, such as having conversations, can be transformative. America’s birthday is a time to celebrate both the leadership of this country and the extraordinary actions of the populous.
From the original founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams to Henrietta Tubman and Martin Luther King to Harvey Milk, our history has seen great leadership in its short time. However, the power of all these leaders came from their ability to harness the energy of the masses.
While enjoying your barbeque and time with family and friends, you might find yourself avoiding “hot button” issues that get people fired up and debating. I encourage you to do the opposite.
Remember that our democracy is most successful when each of us harnesses our power by sharing our opinions and debating openly in a free thinking society.
It is risky. You might offend someone. You might be offended. You might also have your own opinion transformed. You might participate in transforming someone else.
The fourth of July can be more than a day to enjoy off of work and be with friends and family. It’s also the perfect time to celebrate what makes America strong and have conversations about your country, your rights, and your future.