After the Fourth of July. Over the years of our history the days following the 4th of July have changed in their importance and reverence sadly. There was a time when surely the spirit of indomitable spirit led the way. The victory for freedom was so strong, that I imagine every man, woman and child felt like we were the most blessed nation that had ever existed… and though we were not that, we were surely blessed.
Over time, I am sure that spirit left us. This thing known as disenchantment set in. The feeling that the special has become ordinary. I see it all the time as it relates to health. People are motivated for a day. But a day is fast, and the relentless pounding of drudgery, and reproduced boring and destructive habits creeps back in. A plague. Just like we get disenchanted today with our exercise, our diet and our chiropractor, so did men who had every reason to feel blessed still, begin to feel bored by the victory of freedom.
Fast forward 240 years and here we are. Men are not so focused on the idea of freedom anymore… but I think they should be. We are often not at all focused on the needy ones around us… but we should be. How about the American dream? What is this dream that people speak of anyways? My point in the question, is that the answer is one that we don’t necessarily have our own answer to. I think the best way to develop an answer is to look back at the dream of those who fought for independence and apply what they were thinking to our life.
What can I carry away from July 4th 1776? Religious freedom was gained, but the reality is that the religious freedom was gained when colonists first came to this country. The real story was that freedom from taxation without representation was gained. Or better yet, the opportunity to now pursue ones hopes and dreams, unencumbered by a government limiting your opportunity; without a government standing in the way of your religious desires, and without the lineage of your birth influencing your potential station in life.
If I consider these gains, then it reminds me to be a man with a warrior spirit. Passionate. A man on fire as it were. To pick up where our forefathers left off. I am not excited by our presidential choices this year, but I know that regardless of where the election heads, I am still the same man. I am a Christian, and I am a husband and a father. I am aggressively committed to changing the way we look at health, and to find a way for us to turn our backs on the stupid direction of healthcare.
I am a man who feels like we are once again at a place where we need to look at our government and scream that it is not ok, that we are becoming more oppressed than this country has ever been (since 1776), and that if nothing else. We need to feel like we can actually accomplish something. We need to feel like they felt in 1776… not like we typically feel in 2016. That we actually do have the ability to make a difference.
God Bless you all, be well. - Dr. E