Thursday, July 02, 2009

Thought of the Day #179 - Freedom

The US celebrates Independence Day on the 4th and with that "freedom" as
a concept is often rolled. I was wondering, though, how *free* we really
are here in the US.

There are laws that keep us in line, some of which are based on morality
judgements; there are regulations that limit with whom and what we can
buy/trade and sell; there are social constructs (religion, fashion,
etc) that tell us what is appropriate to say and wear where, again much
of it based upon moral belief systems; there are corporations attempting
to model our behavior to suit their greed; there are citizens
demoralizing each other because they don't agree; there are unwanted
and unplanned children abused every day; there are citizens attacking
citizens for the color of their skin; I could go on and on and on.

The only thing really, truly free is individual thought. Today I am able
to share my thoughts in this, a public forum. I am grateful. Not
everyone on Earth is as lucky.