I'm really grateful that I'm an American.
Actually, I wish the world wasn't even divided up into nations. I wish rather that we all recognized ourselves as just part of the community of the Earth, never a situation where it is "us" against "them", never a day where someone suffers more because of the country where they live, never a time when we take from one country to give to another.
But, that is not the world we live in.
Through no effort of my own, I was born into a nation that offers to me a lot of opportunity and abundance. I've never been without food. I've never been in the middle of a war. I've always had choices. This nation has its problems as well but
I've always had a hopeful future.
For these things I am grateful.
Happy Birthday U.S.A!