Happy 4th of July! Today in the United States we celebrate Independence Day or more commonly known as the 4th of July. It is a day we chairish our freedom and independence as a country. We often think of independence and freedom as doing anything we want, however if freedom is separated from other values in life, it no longer becomes freedom. Values such as the good of others, justice, fairness, charitableness, consideration and the common good must be intregrated into that freedom for freedom to truly be freedom. The malevolent side of our nature too easily takes advantage of absolute freedom and must be kept in check. This is why our prisons are full, big companies have to be monitored for their predatory greed on the general public and hate must not be allowed to cloud our judgement. The Flag of Independence can become taddered and tarnished by the actions of a few. Today let us celebrate our independence and the freedom of everything that makes up freedom. HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!