read, think, evolve
Volume 1 Number 7 May 27, 2000
What is the price of freedom?
For most of us the only hope of finding it is to lose every thing.
There may be some very wealthy people who are also free, but most of them are too worried about losing it to find the time to be free.
Maybe it is hopeless to talk about freedom?
Even if you throw out human problems like greed and lust, for most it is everything we can do to find an ok place to live, eat, and take care of ourselves and our loved ones. We do things to make money that we know are wrong, we say things we know are lies, and we are all too quick to sell our souls just to get through the day.
Or, maybe, the point is that if it were easy to be free, we wouldn't learn what we are here to learn?
One thing I have deduced from my time on this spinning ball we call home is that it is a magnificent playground full of traps, where we can exercise our souls and grapple with the problems that must be faced to grow. The Asian religious ponderings about reincarnation seem to fit into that. Each time around we experiment and grapple with it all, and, hopefully, over the generations and ages, we grow.
Oh well, I suppose I should stop pondering star dust and get back to the problem at hand.
Somehow, to survive, we have to find some way to become free. We have to stop telling lies to ourselves and others for a pay check. We have to stop living for the next quarter. We have to face the ugly realities of our current situation, identify our assets, roll up our sleeves and do something about it.
Maybe one answer is to start giving big rewards to whistle blowers, so that people have a bigger motivation to tell the truth than to continue the lies? (At least in the U.S., whistle blowers usually find it hard to ever find work again because no one is willing to hire someone who won't lie for money. (We talk a lot about honor and doing the right thing, but when someone actually does it they are usually rewarded with a huge pile of shit.))
Maybe one answer is to start a serious campaign to convince everyone that we must start thinking long term? How does one measure the cost benefit of forgoing something today, so that one's great grand children will have food? Down through the eons we have survived because we lived in the moment and responded to the immediate threats. We gave the seasons their due and did what was necessary to live with the cycles of life, but mostly we have gotten here by focusing on the short term. That will no longer suffice out here on the edge of chaos. We must chart our course carefully and think ahead to the generations to come. (We will have to sacrifice to move forward, but the long term benefits far outweigh the costs.)
Well, my hand is hurting too much to go on longer. (I suppose I should take a break from the computer and let it heal up.)
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