It’s interesting to me that all of our national celebrations have to do with war and violence. The Fourth of July celebrates our country’s independence, won through the Revolutionary War. Memorial Day is to remember war dead. Veterans Day is to honor those who must risk their lives in the service of war.
This July 4th, I’m going to do something different. I’m not going to celebrate our independence. After all, we won it a long time ago and Britain is one of our biggest allies. No, I’m not going to celebrate it. Instead, I’m going to meditate on peace.
How wonderful a world it would be if our national holidays had to do with love for mankind and peace instead of war.
How grateful we would all be if no more soldiers died in battle or in any way at all.
And how much more comfortable would life be if we had no more violence at home.