04 July 2017

Freedom ~ Independence

Greetings Dear Reader,

I wonder if we truly understand the meaning of independence.   It is the freedom from outside control.  It is not being dependent on something from the outside for one’s livelihood, direction, or sustenance. 

It has been two hundred and forty-one years since we declared that we were an independent nation.  I wonder if we are.  If the whole is the sum of the parts I think that we may not be.  If we honestly look at our global dependence on offshore products then we may not be independent.

We are not ruled by other nations.  We are, however, in debt to them.  We are dependent on products they produce.  We would suffer were these things to become critical. 

I am not saying that foreign trade is bad.  I think that debt to any other nation or entity is unwise.  I think that dependence on the trade for our well being is not a good thing.  This country is based on freedom.  If we are in debt and dependence on other nations then we may not be truly free.

This also extrapolates to the individual.  We are dependent on our own government for so much.  Some of it is effort for the common good.  Some of it is support of programs or efforts are not commonly good. 

We cannot claim that we are independent if we do not put into the process that we count on for our sustenance.  If we take out more than we put in then someone else has to make up the difference. 

We need to depend on each other.  We must also always do our part.  We have to have some measure of inter-dependence to function as a society.  We must care for each other.  It is a vital requirement of the Gospel. 

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”

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