As Americans hoist their flags and fire up their grills in preparation for Fourth of July celebrations of our independence from an oppressive regime I’d like you consider declaring your own independence for a day from oppression that hits at home.
That’s right – I’m talking about the regime of electronic communication and social tools that keeps family members buried in their devices instead of talking; watching live fireworks through an HD display with a blinking red “REC” instead of putting it down to see the real thing.
I (and countless others) have written for years about the perils of being too connected. And yet it seems my writing has not had a noticeable impact on society at large.
Well, maybe I set my sights too high. How about just one day? The political climate and discourse has gotten downright nasty, and I’m predicting the 4th of July to prompt some posting intended to stir the pot. Taking this day off may help maintain peace of mind.
I won’t check emails or social postings if you don’t. Deal? Exception: if the communication has to do with arranging travel or festivities, that’s OK. No need to ignore Aunt Mabel’s text about how she doesn’t see the turnoff you described and is now lost in West Kahuppitsville.
Especially on the 4th it’s important to remember the joys of freedom, sacrifice it took to earn them, and vigilance it takes to maintain them.
And if spending less time staring at glowing rectangles yields more time to think about the true meaning of the holiday and enjoy time with loved ones, that “pursuit of happiness” will be just a bit easier … for one day.
Happy Fourth of July!
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