Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Thought for Today

On Freedom

by Dee Newman

As Bob Dylan once said, “No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky.”

Simply stated: Freedom only comes with death.

Sad but true, though death will certainly emancipate us from both the bondage of our beliefs and the limits imposed by the essential elements of the Universe, it will also surely leave us unable to enjoy the fruits of their sustenance.

For those of you who continue to believe in “a life after death,” despite what you may desire, freedom will remain illusive. Within the drudgery and/or the magnificence of any imaginary state of denial, our ability to choose will forever be restricted by the external forces that will reign supreme for eternity no matter what realm of reality we may inhabit.

Perhaps, though I doubt it, one day (before we perish into oblivion) we may (in accordance with the Golden Rule, without being coerced by fear or bribe) refrain from obstructing or restricting the opportunities of others, including all the other magnificent creatures with whom we share this planet. Freedom then would be defined as the absence of human tyranny over others.

Or, as a friend of mine once said, “Just let the bees be and stop stealing their honey!”

1 comment:

mythopolis said...

I still have hope, but a cohesive global picture of harmonious balance is, I think, probably 300-500 years out yet. That is, if we haven't destroyed ourselves before then! Meanwhile, "Teach your children well..."