Re-Invention And The 4th Of July

“Many public school children seem to only know two dates - 1492 and the 4th of July; and as a rule they don’t know what happened on either occasion.” - Mark Twain “Why would I want to go to America?”, said my son Sam (13) recently. “Kids get shot there and they all hate each other.” Perhaps just a tad extreme in his view, but it’s an indication of how young minds are now seeing this global super-power. I grew up in a time when going to the US was the dream. Indeed many of my ilk spent long, glorious summers on what was then called a J1 Visa. Happy times.

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“Many public school children seem to only know two dates

– 1492 and the 4th of July;

and as a rule they don’t know what happened on either occasion.”

Mark Twain

“Why would I want to go to America?”, said my son Sam (13) recently.

“Kids get shot there and they all hate each other.”

Perhaps just a tad extreme in his view, but it’s an indication of how young minds are now seeing this global super-power.

I grew up in a time when going to the US was the dream. Indeed many of my ilk spent long, glorious summers on what was then called a J1 Visa. Happy times.

The US for me was the centre of everything cool, everything inventive and was held up as the land of where you made your dreams come true.

For many it still is, but The United States in 2022 is at a cross roads.

  • Red V. Blue
  • Roe Vs.Wade
  • Gun Control Vs. NRA

So much good comes from the US but there is no doubt there are very real challenges ahead for them.

I still love what the US stands for and for what I believe the founders had in mind when they created the famous Declaration of Independence.

On this day, 4th July in 1776, the founding delegates of the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration which stated that the Thirteen Colonies were no longer subordinate to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free and independent states.

Many people in countries around the world were inspired by this act of what was then incredible ‘revolution’.

As you know, one of the most famous line states:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Every time of disruption brings with it the seed of opportunity to re-invent.

When I look at the US today, it’s a reminder to me that nothing stays stagnant – everything changes.

  • Not just countries, but economies too.
  • Not just markets, but organisations too.
  • Not just families, but relationships too.

We always need to be seeking re-invention.

Where can you seek it this week?

Happy 4th of July.

Shane

P.S – I’m guessing at some point even Sam’s view of the US will change – or at least I hope so.:)

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