Interdependence Day

There are no free laps in the pursuit of Happiness.

While observing the anniversary of our declaration of independence from Great Britain, let’s also give some thought to the interdependence between ourselves and our fellow Americans.

E pluribus unum isn’t something you catch off a toilet seat. You’re supposed to catch it from your parents, teachers, friends, and neighbors. It can actually help shield you against a variety of social diseases, among them ignorance, selfishness, and stupidity.

We’re all in the same sandbox here. Let’s try not to shit in it.


14 Responses to “Interdependence Day”

  1. JD Says:

    Einstein: “Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the former.”

    Stay safe and healthy!!!!! 🙂

  2. Shawn with a Flag flying in the Gorge Says:

    Would you please try to keep your sand over on your side of the box please!. I don’t want to get my mask dirty…..Or perhaps from the other side of the fence, “What do you need a mask for? Breathing a little dust and kitty cat manure is good for the immune system. It makes you tough!”

    Right about now I bet a large asteroid heading toward our pipsqueak planet would unite us. Well, at least it would unite us in scrambling like rats on a sinking ship for whatever safety we could find.

    Satire aside. I wish everyone a very Happy, Safe & Sane 4th of July. Let us truly try to believe that a large majority of us will unite in early November.

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Well said mi amigo!

    I will protect your right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness if you protect mine.

  4. Herb from Michigan Says:

    I wasn’t born yet nor even on the birth radar but I keep thinking about The Great Depression and WW2. There’s a good chance that prior to these two events Americans were headed to where we are now. Have/have nots and not a whole lot of “e pluribus unam” going on. Then the shit hit the fan and the blue bloods needed the commoners to either fix things (like their stock portfolio) or fight the Nazis and again; protect that portfolio. So for quite a few years common sense dictated that the wealthy needed at least some worker-bees to make honey and we all got by. Now if you can bear it, take a look at executive pay and compensation and then look at who is currently out of work ( and shit out of luck) and explain to me how in hell so many Have Nots are swallowing the Rethuglican bullshit? And why the Have Nots tolerate union busting along with social program cuts?

  5. JD Says:

    Check this satire out re the “Freedom Cafe”!!

    I recall “No sacrifice too great; no detail too small”. I fear it’s been supplanted in the minds of many by “Any sacrifice too great; every detail too large”.

  6. khal spencer Says:

    Pithy and spot on, Patrick. Thank you.

    I love the Freedom Cafe tweet.

    The anti-union mentality boggles my mind. “We want our FREEDUMB from that union so we can be taken for fools one by one! (full disclosure: I was once on the leadership team of the U of Hawaii faculty union).

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      A union is like the Union. If you don’t do your part, with an eye toward the greater good, it doesn’t thrive. It may even get taken over by rascals.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Agree. I saw good people on that board of directors and a few turkeys. Mostly good people though. Thing is, when you have three thousand people putting a few bucks in the bucket each paycheck, you know what you get? Good lawyers. When it comes to labor law, the things you need are solidarity, good labor lawyers, and a fanatical devotion to the pope, er, I mean the common good.

        Fringe benefit of our union lawyer was he was also the senior member of my USCF bike racing team.

  7. khal spencer Says:

    And since it is Independence Day:

  8. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Here’s a notice on used clothing store in Phoenix.

  9. Herb from Michigan Says:

    Well regarding the Freedom Cafe and used clothing posts ya gotta go by them since “The written word is oft perceived as truth while anything spoken between us must be suspect. And if it is on TV, it shall become gospel “
    Herbaceous Maximus

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