In just a few weeks, we will be commemorating “Independence Day.” Our festivities often focus on family and friends, barbeques, parades, and fireworks. Our get togethers are joyous, often rowdy, and always a great time – despite the mess to clean up.
But what are we celebrating? Why do we choose to get together when there is so much dividing us these days? We think it’s because despite our differences, we love and care for our friends and families. Helen Keller said, “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” The great writer, Herman Melville, said, “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men [and women].” Dean Ornish, a famous educator, said, “The need for connection and community is primal, as fundamental as the need for air, water, and food.”
We don’t need to agree on everything, but we can, and must, foster respect for each other. We must teach respect to our children and model it with our peers. There is a reason why humanity is a synonym for people. It’s a bright light that calls to us and should remind us that our founders wrote that we, “…are created equal…endowed…with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
With hopes for a wonderful, safe, and not too big of a mess to clean up, July 4th.
MAINE ISLAND SOAP
PS: We would love for all of you who have used our soaps to share a way you’ve shown respect for another and/or leave a review on our Facebook page if you so choose.