Updated: Jul 11, 2022
In 2016, I became a Citizen of the United States. Proudly, standing alongside three generations - my mother-in-law, my wife, and my daughter, I took the oath of allegiance. It was a day of great pride, belief, of gratitude to become part of what some termed the Great Experiment, solidified on 4th July 1776.
That was 246 years ago. Surely too long to be still referred to as an experiment.
For many around the world, a Union that has endured, evolved, and developed over two and a half centuries, and an example of freedom, of equals, of what is good, right, and great. A model of prosperity, success, and a land of opportunity free from oppression, celebratory of diversity, and upholding the highest values for all.
This was my belief then and remains my hope today as we enter into the 4th July 2022 weekend and the celebration of our Independence Day.
Inspired by Shepard Fairey's poster art, We The People, the subjects, the words, and the images resonate today more than ever before - the combination of these sums up how I feel as I write this post:
WE THE PEOPLE: Defend Dignity; Are Greater than Fear; Protect Each Other.
This encompasses the spirit of why I so proudly swore my allegiance. I believed then as I do now in We The People. I believe that together, we can defend the dignity of all of us. I believe that together, we are greater than fear, and above all, I believe that together we can protect each other in the face of adversity.
"I believe together, we can do the right thing, because the right thing is always the right thing to do."
So, wherever you are this 4th July weekend, I hope you take a moment or two to reflect on We The People, and how we all can together make a difference, contribute, and find our voices to stand up for the founding principles and values that make this country so great.
We The People: Happy 4th July weekend!
Simon Elliot is Managing Partner and Co-founder of 4xi Global Consulting & Solutions. Originally from the UK, he holds a British and U.S. passport and has lived, worked, and traveled around the world and has visited 6 of the 7 continents.