Today is Independence Day in the United States, the day in 1776 when the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. The document was approved and signed on July 2, and was formally adopted on July 4.

The word “independence” means “freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others”.  

Times have changed.  We need a new day, an Interdependence Day, where we celebrate how much we need each other, how twined we are, and how reliant we are on the support and aid of others. Sometimes we don’t see it, but it’s there like this hawk in the redwood tree.

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