'Independence Day', the 1996 movie about aliens from a distant galaxy who attempt to attack planet Earth, and both destroy and annihilate the world's population to death during the 4th of July celebrations, is to be shown on TV screens across the United States tonight, at various times.
The movie stars a huge cast of stars including Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Margaret Colin, Randy Quaid, Robert Loggia, James Rebhorn, Harvey Fierstein, Vivica A. Fox and Harry Connick Jr., a cast which, independently, would not have been able to make it as stunning a production as it is, which just goes to show the value of working with others, rather than trying to 'go it alone'.
Independence from Great Britain was gained by the US as a result of a long, hard struggle, but some philosophers would question the difference between independent and non-dependence, though any such discussion would be largely semantic in nature.
The US likes to wage war, and, for the most part, its citizens put up with this, not understanding what it means to have a foreign power come to their country and bomb it out of existence. To do this, would require independent thought.
America is the black sheep of the world's family, consistently thinking in alternate terms and other ways to those in which people in other countries think, and imploring other less-educated nations to follow in America's footsteps, because they know best.
Indeed, if you'll allow to me to whisper it, they conduct themselves independently.
Living lives along lines of selfish individualism, and claiming that the US is the Land of the Free, have addled the minds of many Americans, and confused their understanding of what it means to be part of the world family.
The Independent newspaper was first published on 7 October 1986, and has no connection whatsoever with this article.