This Sunday was the Fourth of July, America’s independence day.  As I am sure you are aware, this is a very important holiday in the United States.  While the Fourth of July has basically become synonymous with barbecues, swim parties and family picnics, it is still hugely symbolic not just for American patriotism but for the freedom it represents.
Of course, as an American living in France, my Fourth of July is just another day because absolutely no one celebrates it.  However, I don’t have to wait long until the French themselves have their own Independence Party—the 14th of July.
Different circumstances of course, but the same sort of celebration.   For both America and France the 4th and the 14th represent a new beginning and the end of oppressive regimes (England for America, the King for France).
Independence.  Freedom.  The stuff of dreams.  Unfortunately, in today’s world, very few really feel that they truly hold their destiny in their hands (including many I know both in the United States, France and beyond).  Whether it is the tyranny of money (or the lack thereof) or addiction or sickness, even the haves in this world feel a very heavy burden as they try to make ends meet and have some semblance of a quality life.
This is, by all counts, not the world’s finest hour.
But why on earth am I discussing this subject on a column about social media?  Basically, I believe the greatest paradox in the world today is that NEVER have so many people felt so much discontent  while in fact there is so much opportunity.  And in my book, this is because so many of us cling to an old way of doing things and don’t […]