Our Founding Fathers Had Goals and Never Went Doom-Scrolling
by Alex Garrett
It’s Independence Day Weekend! A weekend we honor and celebrate the biggest goal our Founding Fathers had, breaking us free of tyrannical King George III and Great Britain. A tall task that started really in 1775, culminating with not only the birth of America, but a 245 year preservation effort on behalf of Americans today. The fight for freedom is never ending! Yet to be free and vote to declare freedom on July 2nd, 1776 (signing of the Declaration actually occurred July 4th, 1776!) our Continental Congress and Continental Army did anything but doom-scroll. Even if cell phones were in existence, I really can’t see George Washington telling them while crossing the Delaware, ‘hold up, gotta check that Tik Tok Video’ .
That’s why Independence Day is so special to me. Indulge me as I become Colonial Alex for a moment. It was the rolling up of the sleeves and getting to work to make us free that should inspire us all! If you ever feel yourself doom-scrolling, think about the sacrifices made by soldiers THEN and soldiers NOW that never scroll on the battle field, but stick to the goal of protecting America! Yet, doom-scrolling is a part of why America’s health feels in peril, because American lives are in peril when they spend exorbitant amounts of time scrolling their phone. According to NBC’s Today 73% right now admit to doom-scrolling (I might be one of them, which is why I’m writing this!) https://www.today.com/health/how-stop-doomscrolling-its-affect-your-brain-t188725
Our fight for our own mental freedom day in and day out feels interrupted by our very own habits, does it not? If we limited our thoughts of phone consumption alone, I feel we could focus on preserving America even more! I’ve just recently started to put my phone on Airplane mode over night, that is so freeing! I also enjoy reading and let me tell you, stories of people like Rudy Ruettiger will inspire us to stop doom-scrolling. The man behind the film, ‘Rudy’ , worked as hard as the movie portrayed him to have worked to become part of Notre Dame and cinematic history. That is the American way , is it not?
Hard work is a landmark of this country, which is why I think Uncle Sam should inspire us to stop doom-scrolling and to inspire us to become self-reliant again and not reliant on the government through many stimulus checks. Self-reliance is Godly and paves a way for liberty! Self-reliance got us free from tyranny and will once again keep us free from tyrannical forces. Stop the doom-scrolling and PRESERVE AMERICA!