Celebrating the independence of the human spirit

Catherine Russell

There are many celebrations of national unity and independence, literally hundreds of them, the world over. Most stand as moments of remembrance of a day when one country formally broke free from the rule of another. 

While the world remains an unsettled and imperfect place, here in the 21st century, there’s a lot of independence to celebrate. The result is that there’s an “independence day” of some sort in nearly every country on the planet, literally from A to Z, from Afghanistan (August 19) to Zimbabwe (April 18 . . .