The day of freedom seems a little ridiculous when there are so many slaves living in our country and around the world today...not the living is a good term because being bound in chains and doing labor every day isn't much of a life is it? .... Is it okay to not be very proud to be an American today of all days? I don't think I am very proud, I am a little ashamed...Around the world there are people starving and people living in captivity and today in America thousands upon thousands of dollars will be spent to celebrate our freedom and very little will be done to help those less fortunate than us. Think about what could be done if all (or even some) of the money spent on fireworks today was instead spend on food for the starving, clean water for the thirsty, efforts to free the 27 million slaves in our world today, shelter for the homeless, shoes and clothing for those that have none, and the list could go on...I'm not saying that we should not celebrate our freedom today because it is very much worth celebrating. I just think we take it for granted and don't think and act for those that don't have the freedom or good fortune that we have.