Posted by: Nathaniel | July 4, 2008

Live from America: happy 4th of July!

America Love it or Fix It

The graphic to the left is from one of the earliest issues of GOOD magazine, and almost perfectly conveys my feelings about this big, complicated place

This is the first 4th of July I’ve spent in the states since the summer after my freshman year in college. Since then I’ve been: hiking a 1200 year old pilgrimage across northern Spain, visiting a joint Israeli-Palestinian peace building organization in the West Bank, and twice in Gulu, northern Uganda planning and implementing a student global development program.

Each trip has, in its own way, instigated questions about the sense of American exceptionalism we seem to take for granted. Indeed, everywhere I go, the main lesson seems to be that people are people are people are people, for good and bad…Mostly good if you believe, as I do, that almost all of us are basically good, honest, and full of potential.

At the same time, the simple fact of being in those places has reminded me about what’s special about the opportunities I have largely because of my Original fortune to have been born where I was. I do believe that there’s something special- not necessarily “unique” in a exclusive way – but certainly special about America, and its that something I love to share when I travel, and that something I think we need to remember today.

Enjoy those burgers.

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  1. […] Live from America: happy 4th of July!I do believe that there’s something special- not necessarily “unique” in a exclusive way – but certainly special about America, and its that something I love to share when I travel, and that something I think we need to remember today. … […]


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