Happy 4th of July — a day we celebrate our independence from Great Britain. But what really happened that day? That was the day the Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776). Two days after the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (July 2, 1776), and a month before it was actually signed (August 2, 1776). Later in November, it was delivered to Britain.
The freedoms that declaration created for Americans means we have the ability to choose for ourselves how to lawfully live our lives. We do not have to cow to peer pressure or politicians or bullies. We can choose to use logic, experience, science, intuition — whatever provides a level of comfort for us — to think about the environment in which we live and what our responsibility is toward the maintenance of that environment. Choose wisely; choose safely. Have a great 4th of July!