Independence. My dictionary gives these definitions:
- Not dependent (duh!)
- Not subject to control by others
- Not affiliated with a larger controlling unit
- Not requiring or relying on something else
The first two sound good, things worth striving for, though on reflection they seem a bit unrealistic. I admit, if begrudgingly at times, that am dependent on many people, many things, and that I am ‘subject to the control of others” — judges who tell me when to be where, for instance. As for the latter two, it seems like life would lose some richness if I was “not affiliated with a larger controlling unit” (though I wouldn’t use exactly those words to describe it). And let’s admit it — I often require or rely on someone/something else. I bought this computer I am typing on, I didn’t make it myself.
Independence? Well, there’s still the fireworks and barbecue, and a day off.