Excerpts from a lecture given on Juy 3, 1991
The 4th of July is a wonderful day. It brought us to our sovereignty, our independence, our basic values, and we pray that we should not go off the track as humanity.
Americans are very unique people. Normally they are a mess, but when they face a message they get together very fast. This is very unique character of Americans. Why? We are from everywhere and we are from nowhere, therefore we love our liberty, our sovereignty and our land very much. Therefore, freely we pollute it left and right. Yeah, it's true. We are messing around faster than anything else. We think it is our birthright.
But now we are becoming conscious that we should leave something for tomorrow. All the wealth of America will only be available in zoos and in museums. What we have done to this land in two hundred years, God bless us. If we would have been wise to start with, we would have had at least twenty thousand years safe, clear and enjoyable.
We have polluted our rivers, our mountains, our beaches; we have depleted our forests; we have the smoggiest cities—and still we are happy. Isn't it a miracle? We take a lot of vitamins which we can't digest. We eat lot of food which we cannot poop. We take water which totally gives us sickness and we have done it all in two centuries.
I hope and pray you will be conscious, protect the Mother Earth, and that you will teach your children certain do's and don'ts to save tomorrow. That's what America needs today.
Tomorrow is our Independence Day, by virtue of which we are free, to a certain extent. But I hope the best thing is, we feel free.
Still it's a wonderful land compared to other areas and we hope to keep it that way. So enjoy your tomorrow, feel as good Americans. Do something nice tomorrow. Do something graceful tomorrow in gratitude that God gave you freedom, gave you sovereignty, and gave you a great country which you can call home.
May the long time sun...
©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan