Freedom: don't just claim it, live it

On the Fourth of July, Americans celebrate their Declaration of Independence adopted on July 4, 1776. There are fireworks, parades, family gatherings, and barbecues. There are baseball games, concerts, and patriotic displays from flag flying to everything red, white, and blue on streamers, balloons, and the clothes folks are wearing. Whatever our differences in political opinion, on this day Americans join to celebrate freedom and to partake in the same events and activities.

In thinking about Independence Day, I’ve been pondering a statement made by 20th-century American novelist and poet William Faulkner: “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”

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