FREEDOM
“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves” —
Abraham Lincoln

You were born here on planet Earth, the global problems were here and
social structure (no matter how much you may dislike it) was already in
place.  Thanks to our ancestors, the world’s configuration was in place the
moment you catapulted into reality — the good, the bad and the ugly. You
are not responsible for what came before you.  However, you ARE
responsible for how you affect the world with your presence from this
moment onwards. Every choice you make is part and parcel to your
responsibility. Own it.

It is my firm belief that we need to embrace our radical history to attack the
evils of our own time. It is not just past generations calling on us to do so.
Even more so, Americans yet to come do so too. Although it is an extremely
daunting task, we can build such a healthier national culture.  It begins with
how we teach our children and extends to how we conduct ourselves. It
includes being careful about what values we promote in our national
discourse and our entertainment and artistic endeavors.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that
respects and enhances the freedom of others.” — Nelson Mandela

Do what is best for YOU and respect others enough to allow them to do
what is best for THEM. True freedom is all about “give and take.”  Freedom
is both a right and a privilege. To know true freedom is to embrace the fact
that each of us have the privilege of a life for but a brief period of time. With
respect to that privilege, acknowledge the right for each life to follow their
path. Focus your intention for the building up, not the current climate of
confusion and fear. Freedom does not live there.
t“Freedom is having the choice to choose.” — Unknown

I believe that the powers greater than us would say, “All are born free.” Some experience
bondage in the physical realm or by the conditioning of the mind. Even in physical bondage the
soul is free, it is the mind that captures and keeps one bound.  What does freedom mean to
you?

“I’ll tell you what freedom is to me. No fear.” — Nina Simone

Our history teaches us how a generation of Americans — believing they had it in their power to
begin the world anew —launched a grand experiment in freedom, equality and democracy; and
how ensuing generations of Americans struggled to make real the promise of life, liberty and
the pursuit of happiness and to expand both the “we” in “we the people” and the people’s
powers; and how generations of Americans truly made America great, if not exceptional, in the
Revolution, the Civil War, the Great Depression, World War II and the 1960’s by making the
United States radically freer, more equal and more democratic than ever before.
This is why, especially during this time when the world feels upside-down, twisted and bass-ackwards, it is vital to the survival of compassion and
true humanity to remember that if we expect the freedom to be who we are from others, then we must also relinquish the need to control what they
think, feel and do.