Here we are in the U.S., about to celebrate another Independence Day, celebrating our freedom from the tyranny of a king. But we all know there are other tyrannies afoot.

Definitely, let’s celebrate, but let’s celebrate something even more hopeful: our ability to cultivate our own hearts and minds so that we can remember that we’re not so much independent as inter-dependent, and that when we remember to pay attention, we really might be able to find some way through this mess we’re in, to liberty and freedom for all.