As we take a day to celebrate American independence, here’s some freedoms worth celebrating.
- Independence from dieting. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all [people] are unique, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.That to secure these rights, women have previously attempted diets with hopes of yielding such results. However, whenever any Form of dieting becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new way of feeding one’s self, laying its foundation on such principles as mindful eating, permission, flexibility, intuition, and the wisdom of the body and choosing foods in a way that to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.
- Freedom of religion, which means the freedom to “let a hundred churches bloom” thanks to immigration, migration, and religious diversity. Including freedom to change your mind about how you understand your faith, but not freedom from other people’s existence or freedom to lie about being oppressed (well, you do have that freedom but you probably shouldn’t exercise it) or freedom to demand that your faith be treated one way while everyone else’s be treated another.
- Independence from the myth that America was founded on equality, that everyone has had an equal chance at success, and that slavery and racism is something “in the past” that doesn’t matter to how we live our lives today.