What's Freedom?Submitted by platoonleader on Fri, 06/21/2013 - 23:37
Friends of Liberty,
I wanna start by saying it's been awhile since I have written a comment on the DP, or even logged in for that matter, however, I still come here everyday for my intellectual sustenance. Keep up the good work team.
Now...What is freedom? Let's start with perception.
I had this one very intriguing professor in college. He started the semester with this sentence.
He asked what that meant to us. Of course the answers were various things about life flying by quickly.
Then he pointed out that it all depends on perception. What if time was the VERB and flies were the NOUN?
Then the sentence takes on an entirely different meaning.
I wanted point out that what you hear over and over again, without ever listening to the other point of view, without taking that journey of constructive criticism, then you will only perceive what you have been told over, and over, and over again.
So, we need to keep our heads on a swivel and actively search for TRUTH and keep news, the facts, and life in general in Context.
As far as the perception of freedom goes, some feel free when they can say "f*!k the world", then throw up the middle finger. They want to live for themselves to do what feels good and be wild...let loose and live...go where they want to go and do what they want to do.
Others say they only have freedom when they have discipline over their cravings, vices, impulses and knowledge. The freedom to overcome your weaknesses and imbedded bias' and perceptions and truly be "you".
I say you only have freedom when you can control yourself, have discipline. Because until you do, I don't know how you could ever expect to rebel against a system of vices, lies, addiction, prejudice, greed and hate.
Once you open up to knowledge and understand what wisdom is, empty your mind to make room for something new that could be the truth, then you are free.
Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.
With much love,