…once claimed, can be forfeited.
…once granted, can be revoked.
…now, does not mean forever.
Freedom can be “your way” (so long as you don’t harm another).
Freedom means choosing. Trying new things. Thinking new thoughts. Even failing.
Unless we wake up, blow the cobwebs out of our collective brain and act responsibly, we’re going to find out first-hand what life without the freedoms we once took for granted is like.
Take some time this week — particularly on July 4 — to imagine the men, women, and children who paid with their health, property, families, and lives to break away from the Crown and establish an independent nation. How would they feel about what we’ve become?
Would they feel vindicated? Or would they scream in horror, “For this I gave my life!?”
Rulers declaring this country the symbol of all evil do not want freedom for their populous. They want the majority reverting to life in the Dark Ages while the chosen few revel in power and luxury. They are easy to spot and are far less harmful than our Leaders who want the same. It is the latter for whom we must remain vigilant.
There’s a quiet, continual, insidious chipping away of our freedoms. Daily there are more rules. More regulations. More infringements on our privacy and lives. Small adjustments. Fine tuning. Clarification. Often unnoticed. Besides, we are comfortable. We are busy. We’re okay with the status quo.
Mr. Frog found a great resting spot in a nice pot of fresh water. A stranger kindly lit a fire under the pot and Mr. Frog gratefully warmed his little bod. The instant the warm water became unbearably hot was too late for our friend–he was cooked.
Please, if you won’t learn from History, learn from Mr. Frog. Wake up! If freedom is worth having, it is worth fighting for. With Ideas. By having Choices. In pursuing Passions.
Look around you. How many choices have you lost in the last six months? Six years? Since 9/11? How many more choices and freedoms will you lose in six more months? In six more years?
Do you want your legacy to your children, and children’s children another Dark Age? A time where fear and superstition rule? Where few have choices and freedom an unknown commodity?
Freedom is investing sweat equity in honor of something bigger than yourself. No guarantees. No right of entitlement. Just a whole lot of potential and possibility. Mr. Frog saw the light as he croaked his last, “Ain’t no free lunches–just deferred payments with interest!”
In today’s disposable society we need to guard against freedom’s obsolescence. Each of us, individually and together, must stake our claim—regularly and moment-by-moment—with every decision we make.
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