Freedom – is to choose…
So I looked up freedom, using the ‘standard’ Merriam-Webster definition:
1: the quality or state of being free: as
a: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action
b: liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another : independence
c: the quality or state of being exempt (exempt) or released usually from something onerous <freedom from care>
d: ease, facility <spoke the language with freedom>
e: the quality of being frank, open, or outspoken <answered withfreedom>
f: improper familiarity
g: boldness of conception or execution
h: unrestricted use <gave him the freedom of their home>
Too me, as usual (which is a continuing thread on this blog), this is overly complicated.
Why do we always over-complicate things? Because that way the powers that be (seen and unseen) can obfuscate, mislead, and use ‘legalese’ to turn whatever it is to their favor and against us. But back to freedom…
The simple (my) definition is: Freedom is the inalienable right of a man or woman to choose. As long as his/her choice does not harm, coerce, or defraud his brother/sister, a man/woman may choose to do whatever he/she will, go wherever he/she will, say what he/she will – without any interference. The only caveat is that in choosing he/she must accept the reaction to his/her action – but this is also a basic law of life.
That’s it. Simple isn’t it? Simple, but not so easy to live by or keep (as in a right).
Remember? “…they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…” “Give me Liberty or give me death!” It’s all about the freedom to choose.
Many have died in defense of this right to choose, yet it remains oh, so elusive. Why? Why is it that although we make a lot of noise about being free, in reality we’re not? Oh, it may look like we are in some minor and unimportant ways, but we’re not really… really, we’re not.
Did you know that for some American Indians, I think the Lakoda amongst them, the right to choose was a sacred thing and held above all duties and other rights? From what I’ve read/learned, this is true (to the best of my knowledge). Not only was choice a sacred right, it was also a sacred duty. In everything that he did, at some point a brave made the choice to do what he did or not. For example, even if the whole tribe was going to war, a brave had the right to go against the council and ‘choose’ not to go. He may have had to endure some peer disapproval, but his right to choose was never questioned.
In fact, the Indians were so free that when prisoners were exchanged, Indians returned to tribes with joy, but colonists had to be, literally, dragged back to the colony, kicking and screaming. At one point the difference between the two ‘societies’ got so bad that one Governor had to declare going over to the Indians an act punishable by death.
Yet despite the sacrifice of many Americans and our ‘pride in our freedom’, almost everything in our society is geared to obfuscate, or take away, our right to choose. Everywhere we turn, we’re bombarded with the message that we should give up our right to choose and let the ‘experts’ choose what is best for us. Or, even worse, we’re told that others have ‘the right’ or ‘duty’ to force us to do their will – a right that exists only with the use of force.
Phooey! Not only that, but this is (to some, obviously) wrong. Very wrong.
Our governments take our children as young as they can, put them in ‘schools’ (as in schools of fish) and teach them to do what? “Sit still! Do as your told!” Plainly, children are not meant to sit still for hours on end (instead of being physically active) and be forced to listen to ‘the drill’. What is the purpose of this? Ultimately it is to take away their freedom of choice. Even more sinister is the intent, by forced rote (brainwashing), to take away their awareness of having such a thing as a choice, much less the freedom to choose.
Bad stuff here. Not good at all. As proof, just look around (do your homework). [Don’t know where to start? Read “Dumbing Us Down” by John Taylor Gatto – an award-winning ex-teacher. Eye opening stuff. Also, see the Reading List page on this blog.]
We cannot choose to not pay taxes – without suffering a heavy penalty (jail). Imagine: If taxes were strictly voluntary, wouldn’t the local/state/national governments be ‘encouraged’ to do what is right – so that people would feel it a good thing (‘right’) to contribute/pay? Same thing with dues in any society or club. If union dues were voluntary, do you think that some workers would be making $14/hr while the high up union bosses earn $500 thousand per year ($240/hr)? I don’t think so.
I should be able choose to pay dues or taxes, or not. This is my god-given and inalienable right.
The new healthcare law takes away our right to choose whether or not to have insurance. Another bad thing. Beside the obvious ‘no choice’ aspect, it can (and I think will) lead to further encroachment on our right to choose. It happens like this: Once the “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (PPACA), aka “ObamaCare”, has been foisted upon us and we have accepted it (acquiesced to “Do as your told!”), the next step will be to take away our right to refuse certain ‘preventative medical care’. We’ll be forced to submit to whatever procedures (on whatever schedules) the AMA ‘experts’, decide are in the interest of our/public health & welfare. Do as you’re told! Imagine being forced to get a blood test, or a mammogram, or lung x-ray every year. Imagine being forced to accept yearly flu shots or other inoculations. Imagine these “recommendations” forced upon you “for your own good”, even though some of these procedures/inoculations have recently been shown to do more harm/damage than good.
Again, this is just plain wrong and, quite simply, this is not acceptable!
We should not ‘choose’ to let this be. It is our (dutiful and unavoidable) choice – even if we choose to not choose.
Look… If I want to go out and pick mushrooms (without knowing the good ones from the bad) and eat them and poison myself (knowingly or unknowingly) – then that is my sacred and inalienable right. Period. There are no if’s, and’s, or but’s, about it. It is my choice.
All men & women are free to choose – all men & women are required to choose. We choose to accept another man’s coercion or not – there is no in between, no grey area. If any man chooses to acquiesce to any other man/boss/government/military, unless he does so for a specific need (such as a foot soldier in a just war – and I don’t mean our current imperialistic bullying/beating/killing of innocent people), he inevitably grants the other too much power. Need proof? Look at the current situation within this authoritarian, Constitution ignoring, country. This country is where it is simply because the majority of its citizens have allowed it to be so – by choosing not to stop it, by default they let it. If we had any courage, we’d choose to take the murderous, lying, bastards and… but I’m getting carried away… back to freedom…
The freedom to choose is the most important right we have. We were born with it and without it we cannot grow as we need to grow. Without it we are simply slaves of another, or just so many cattle waiting to be slaughtered.
Once we take/regain our freedom to choose, once we accept it and its attendant responsibilities, we can choose to be who/what we’re meant to be – we can choose to ‘be’.
Choose to do as you’re told! Or… Choose to do what is good and just and right.
Wrong or Right. Choose.
Hate or Love. Choose.
Profit & death or Life. Choose.
Assault & battery or Gentleness. Choose.
Darkness of the soul or Light. Choose.
It’s your choice… always has been.
I choose to care about you, my brothers and sisters.