Forward or Backward?

I’m a Brit, so I suspect that I may well get flak from USAns telling me that this is none of my business; however, I believe that Russell has hit the nail squarely on the head here (well, all except his penultimate sentence, on shooting off fireworks, as – call me a killjoy if you wish – I’m on a crusade against litter; and those things are just expensive examples of the stuff).

Happy ‘Forth’ of July, USAns!

Russellings of the Spirit

Tomorrow is theFourth of July.

Celebrating this holiday has rarely ever been a question for me. I mean, who wouldn’t jump at the chance for a day off, a backyard BBQ, a frosty cold adult beverage, all topped off by watching a display of loud, colorful fireworks.

But something is different this year.

Something seems psychically, spiritually, and certainly politically out of whack here on July 3, 2022.

My blogger idol Mitch Teemley (find his thoughtful workhere) has jarred my consciousness about what it means for anyone… but ESPECIALLY a follower of Christ… to engage in this national festivity.

We have all witnessed the way this date can easily become a jingoistic bacchanalia of flag-waving excess, raising this nation onto the altar in place of the One God, in the meantime willfully turning a blind eye to the violent and blood-stained chapters of our national story.


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Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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16 Responses to Forward or Backward?

  1. granny1947 says:

    I hate fireworks.
    They terrify the animals.

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    • peNdantry says:

      They do, indeed. And they do other stuff, too: fireworks injure, maim and even kill some other animals (ie humans). (See eg 25 facts about fireworks.)

      If we humans are so smart, isn’t it about time we figured out how to create an outdoor spectacle in a more friendly manner; something that doesn’t employ technology that’s literally from the Dark Ages? … I suspect that the answer to that is the usual, “But we’ve always done it this way!”, probably combined with persuasive marketing (and probably persistent lobbying) by the pyrotechnics industry. 👿

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  2. Jeff Cann says:

    I think the Copenhagen shooting is the latest example of how we are one world in descent. How americans celebrate the fourth is absolutely your business. I find little to celebrate about america today. Sure, in comparison, it’s still high on the list of livable countries, but falling fast. My own state, Pennsylvania, is slated after the upcoming elections to be the next state to remove rights relative to voting and autonomy. The christian themes in Russell’s essay mirror many of my own feelings (after substituting ethics for christianity). Happy forth to you. May we all do better.

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    • peNdantry says:

      We must do better; there’s simply no realistic alternative. Time is, sadly, running out, though.


      • Jeff Cann says:

        Fourth of July parade — 31 wounded and dead. More proof. The problem is that people accept it: shootings, pollution, antidemocracy, racism, misogynism, on & on. Blah. Glass half full guy says we’ll never do better.


        • peNdantry says:

          I agree, but I think I misunderstand your last… someone who considers a glass half full is an optimist, no? But then, if even the optimists accept that ‘human nature’ is immutable, I guess that goes a long way to explain why the wealthiest are just making hay while the sun shines rather than looking for a tap to refill the glass.

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  3. Anita Bowden says:

    I completely agree with the author. I am an American, and I stopped “celebrating” the 4th of July years ago, when the hypocrisy of it all, in light of how we treat others, was too much to stomach any longer. And I am a military veteran, so you might think the 4th would be inspirational – but I am also a woman, and the child of an immigrant, and a gay person, and a deeply spiritual person, and I believe strongly in the ideals the country’s Founders were attempting to create – and we are not doing a very good job of mirroring many of those ideals today. On the other hand, I also have faith that we will eventually change what we have become, because I believe there is great love in the hearts of the silent majority. The 4th has never been a “happy” holiday for me, but I agree with the author’s suggestion to use it as a way to look forward. Thanks for sharing your post, peNdantry!

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  4. I hate fireworks any time of the year, but especially on July 4th. I’m a naturalized citizen and have never taken the privilege of citizenship for granted. And yet, it seems to be the birthright of far too many these days. Let’s blow up fireworks, get tanked up and be generally rude and dismissive of our fellow citizens, and while we’re at it, let’ go buy a mattress or cash in on some other gigantic sale. Nevermind the “…in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America” line from the declaration of independence.

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    • peNdantry says:

      My sentiments exactly. Far too much of ‘civilized’ [sic] life is based upon habituation, acceptance of the ‘reality’ and ‘normality’ of how we were each raised. I’m not innocent of that myself… but it does, I think, take some considerable time to recognise it. I have no doubt that my opinion will be dismissed out of hand by some (those least capable of introspection and critical thinking) as the views of an old fogey, a curmudgeon and a grouch. C’ést la vie; it’s ‘human nature’ (which is, of course, the crux of the problem).

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  5. 1. This is none of your business.
    2. We split from Britain precisely because Independence gave us the ability to move forward, as the post suggests. So I think the writer is kind of correct, and that’s why I celebrate it anyway.
    3. I get it, the high horse is fun, but the U.K. was involved in all of the bad things we’ve been involved with over here.


    • peNdantry says:

      1. I accept your right to believe that.
      2. I’m not sure that Russell’s post is suggesting what you believe it to be suggesting.
      3. I agree that the UK has been complicit in far too much of the US’s warmongering in recent years. Which does make me at least partially responsible for the many evils perpetrated; and so, it is actually my business.

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      • America’s greatest accomplishment to date was the abolition of slavery, a practice introduced to this country by the British. I won’t go into details about which country has a pedophile prince who is using taxpayer funded security forces to shield himself from justice, because that would be below the belt.


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