Most of us yearn for freedom. It seems to be hard wired into our mind and hearts.
Living in the United States, I, like many of us, believe in the ideals upon which our country was founded: freedom, equality, happiness and self government.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – Declaration of Independence
Unfortunately, the reality often falls short of the ideal. Today, we see an increasing scope and interference in our lives by our government, in the apparent interest of security, both at home and abroad. So what is a freedom minded person to do? Push for reform, complain but do nothing (as many people do), rebel, or move to a new country. I’ve explored all the options and currently lean toward reform and/ or move. We’ll see which one wins out!
Here is a more in-depth look at freedom by blogger and philosopher Konstantin Eriksen. He explores the various attributes of freedom on the political, economic, social and mental levels.
From a spiritual perspective, it points to the need to embrace the true freedom that lies at the core of our being.
No matter how good or bad the circumstances, we always have choice (which is the ultimate freedom) in how we respond to a situation. Sometimes we can change circumstances, but as brave souls such as Viktor Frankl have demonstrated, happiness and meaning come from within. Our inherent nature is to be free. But we have to choose it, embrace it and live it in order to be free in our minds and hearts.
So for this July 4th, I celebrate my inner freedom, as well as the relative freedom and benefits to living in the US. May you find the freedom that knows no bounds.
Here is a short tribute to freedom, called Let Freedom Ring.
Do your heart and mind call out for more freedom?
Fear not, it is close at hand
Regardless of your strife and situation
Freedom lurks hidden, but nearby
But few take the time to answer it’s call
For it requires courage, responsibility and choice
Three unpopular characters these days
Be bold, be true to yourself, be free
Answer the call and let freedom ring!