Independence

“The Beginning of Something Is Always the End of Another” is a good poem to mark the end of the line for Keillor’s “Companion” – but is it true? Can’t a new project begin without displacing an older one? Begin a new column while continuing to produce the Almanac, for instance?

Or declare your independence without withdrawing affection and regard for the mother country? July 2 is in fact our true Independence Day, they only formalized it on the 4th. Whenever. It’s a terrific holiday, if you can keep your distance from the Rousseau type of hyper-patriots who reflexively hate “foreigners” and say we should give all for country but not for kind.
“The impulse to read Self-Reliance is significant here, as is the holiday itself —my favorite secular one for being public and for its implicit goal of leaving us only as it found us: free…” Richard Ford,Independence Day

“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried…” Emerson, Self-reliance

So, as GK says, “don’t give up hope. The Trumpists shall pass. God save America.” Or maybe we can do that ourselves. Worth a try.

Found a couple of independent spirits out on the lawn at dawn this morning.


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