What Does Independence Mean?

Independent: Not subject to another’s authority or jurisdiction; autonomous. per Dictionary.com.

Today is America’s Independence Day, the anniversary of the day we declared that we would no longer depend on England for our governance and order, and, therefore, we would no longer be subject to her jurisdiction. We would be autonomous.

One important step in that autonomy was to accept responsibility for our own survival. To do that, we stopped purchasing English products. Everything from farm implements to textiles to tea. We would be self-sufficient, or, in other words, responsible for ourselves and our own needs. It wasn’t easy, but our founders believed that freedom was worth some sacrifice, and sacrifice, by its very definition, is not easy.

This responsibility and sacrifice for our own survival is, in fact, key to all who are free, from the animal in the wild that learns to hunt for itself or die, to the children in our homes struggling to break free from the time-honored, “As long as you live under my roof, you’ll follow my rules.” It’s when we take responsibility for ourselves that we earn our freedom and the respect of others. That’s because there is no freedom without a corresponding responsibility.

When America declared its independence from England, it took responsibility for its own governance and its own survival on the world map. I would encourage you to take a few moments to click on the video below and listen to a reading of our Declaration of Independence, which includes our reasons for “growing up” as an autonomous country and accepting responsibility for our future. Reasons worth remembering so that we don’t find ourselves on the other side of a history repeated.

“It is the right of the people to alter or abolish it and to institute new government.” Our government is what we take the responsibility to make it.

There are many ideas about what independence means. This is mine. I would love to know, what does independence mean to you?

All the best to all of you for taking responsibility for your freedom.

Piper Bayard–The Pale Writer of the Apocalypse