Happy Fourth of July, dearest words! Today we celebrate our highest and purest vision of what America can and should be. An inseparable nation with freedom and justice for all.
These are important words that often seem incorrect. We are a more divided nation than we have been in many years (although we may not have been as divided as we once were, when the North and the South went to war against each other, for example, or when the civil rights movement was at its height and the Vietnam War raged) .
We are also a nation in which justice and freedom are often tested and many people disagree about what these words really mean. Perhaps this is inevitable. Beliefs drive politics and we believe in different things. We have different definitions of these words and not everyone shares the same vision of what a good and dignified existence is, or who is worth enjoying.
But I like to think that Fourth of July is less about that kind of bland populism and flashy patriotism and more about ideals, whatever those are. We continue to strive for a more democratic, free, just and equitable society, in which our children and grandchildren can live without fear, hunger or poverty. We all believe in some version of this even if we don’t always agree on the best way to get there.
Perhaps it is wise for us to remember that, in order to give our political opponents some benefit of the doubt, to add to our list of values sympathy, compassion, and empathy, to speak less and listen more, and judge that we are not judged. And flip the other cheek from time to time.
And with this small opening speech, I’m going to take you back to your usual scheduled program: Today’s Wordle.
Today’s Wordle Hint and Answer (4th of July Edition)
While I remind readers of this column every day, there are spoilers ahead. Imminent spoilers. Spoilers close. The obvious and present danger of spoilers is upon us.
First, however, there is a hint: To sever ties.
The answer is. . . .
Well, this is not a particularly patriotic word. I know it’s all random, but I was kind of hoping for something holiday-themed (I didn’t the rabbit At Easter, either).
My opening guess was, I believe, in keeping with the spirit of the day. What I want for this and for all the countries of the world more than anything else Hello.
Usually, it’s not a great opening word. The double “E” is not ideal for guessing the beginning. Today, however, the money was right. My second guess was the first word I came up with which has two letters of E. There are obviously many others but this was an almost complete guess. When I flipped the boxes over Green (another word for a double E!) I was sure I got it in two. When the letter ‘N’ popped into Gray, I was shocked.
(I wasn’t actually broken. I’m just being dramatic.)
But the only other possible option at this point was to cut Unless the words Civil or Sifix or Seaview It was added to the English dictionary without anyone telling me. to cut In order to win!
It’s actually a very strange Fourth of July word, but it’s also oddly appropriate. The Civil War ensued when the South attempted to separate itself from the Union over the slavery issue, and the North fought to prevent this secession.
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