In truth, America is a work in process. We all know it is not a paradise for everyone. Walt Whitman knew, just as we know, that the fate of each one of us is inextricably linked to the fate of all of us. Indeed, such is democracy. His poem, I Sing of America, also known as I Hear America Singing, was published in the 1880s.
As always I wish to express my appreciation for those intent upon forwarding America’s constitutional experiment in liberal democracy. Happy 4th of July! Let’s celebrate being an American together with the politics of inclusion. Do it your way. Fireworks, pomp, parades, baseball, beer and barbecues. Or quietly, in contemplation, with the fireworks in your heart and mind.
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Arnold Siegel is the founder of Autonomy and Life and the leader of its Retreat Workshops and Advanced Classes.
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