As I prepared to write this article, I thought of a very popular karaoke song by Gloria Gaynor, I Will Survive. (I wanted to sing it at the karaoke bar at the Sheraton in Chicago last week, but apparently someone else had just sung it before I arrived. (I ended up singing You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman.)
In any event, we will survive! So here’s one step you can take. Like our forefathers, it’s time to claim your independence from the economy. So heed these abbreviated and adapted words. (Words in italics, mine.)
When in the course of business events, it becomes necessary for entrepreneurs to dissolve the constrictive economic band which has connected them to one another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation…
The economy has plundered our bank accounts, ravaged our peace of mind, burnt our financial institutions, and destroyed the lives of our people…
It has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless foreign countries whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the business community of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Enterprises, solemnly publish and declare,
That these united businesses are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent entities, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to any belief in scarcity and that all connection between them and the State of Fear, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent minds and spirits, they have full Power to conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent businesses may of right do.
We will survive! You’ve probably heard the expression, “If it is to be, it’s up to me”. So don’t sit back passively waiting for things to improve. Get out there and make something happen!
Happy Independence Day!