GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH? Rousing sentiments, but idealistic? More realistic, how much liberty, what quality life? More reality–looking at the oppression slowly spreading across our globe, it would seem most people choose life. Moreover, most people worry only about their lives and their freedom. Human nature probably. But on to the question of the day:
Topic #269: What is freedom? When do you feel most free in your job? In your day? Least free? When is it better to not be free? To me freedom is choice. Choice about how I live my personal life, the G-d I believe in. Choice about my body. Choice about what I say, what I write. Choice about where I live. Choice about what I hear, read, listen to. Choice about jobs.
Reality check one: My freedom ends when it interferes with your freedom. If I am going to live free, you have to live free.
Reality check two: People cannot be free unless common human needs are met. You are not free if you do not have shelter, food, protection from the elements, reasonable health care. You are not free if you live in fear. You are not free if don’t have access to knowledge, to education, to jobs. You aren’t free if you work twelve to sixteen hours a day.
Reality check three: The less free, the less privileged, the more you must struggle to survive, the less you will fight for your freedom, let alone anyone else’s.
Reality check four: The more privilege you have, the less likely you will fight for change; the more likely you will be a bully.
Reality check five: Bullies want it their own way and their way is all that matters.
Reality check six: Bullies rule unless stopped. Bullies are those with more power than the bullied. That can be physical power, money power, personality power.
Reality check seven: Bullies can only be stopped by someone or something more powerful.
Reality check eight: Margret Mead had it right when she said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Be one of the small group working for change; the world needs you. If every one of privilege did only a little more, we could have peace on earth.
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