Independence: Freedom + Responsibility
Since 1886, immigrants have been welcomed into freedom by a beautiful French lady named Libertas, the Roman goddess of liberty. Her book says July 4, 1776 in Roman numerals, reminding us of the day we achieved our independence. Her sonnet, written by Emma Lazarus, reminds me of what our country used to represent to people.
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
MOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Today is about freedom, yes, but freedom is responsibility. When you make choices, you are responsible. In countries where its decided for you, you're free from the responsibility. I think most of us would choose Independence. Just remember, we also need to take care of each other. There's the responsibility side of things, as well.
Jessica Higgins, JD MBA BB is a researcher, consultant and marketing communications professional. Her research and publications help executives and everyday people better understand the impacts of emerging cultural trends. She holds executive and board positions in companies in technology, consulting and the arts. Her book, 10 Skills for Effective Business Communication: Practical Strategies from the World's Greatest Leaders will pre-release next week!