Been listening to a great many audio books dealing with the theme of freedom.
Freedom to love, live, travel, learn, grow, face hard decisions with less than stellar results.
But mostly freedom of religion. I have always found it curious that America’s founding fathers did not say freedom from religion. My basic belief? That there was to be a thought about something larger than ourselves.
If people could get past the stigma of that humbling statement, the world would be better.
Better here, better there, better pretty much everywhere.
When man becomes arrogant about his arrogance and place in this life is when it gets all messed up and awry. By that I mean simply this. It does not matter to a person who views themselves as better in every way than anything ever created, they no longer have that humility that makes great men (women).
“Early man walked away
As modern man took control
There mind’s weren’t all the same
(And) To conquer was their goal
So he built his great empire
And he slaughtered his own kind
(And) He died a confused man
(He) Killed himself in his own mind”
Sublimes cover of We’re only gonna die for our arrogance. can’t remember who did it originally and kind of feeling lazy after my paperroute this morning. Its not a lmgtfy day. Let me Google that for you, to clarify.
Sometimes mistaken with freedom to do whatever pops into ones mind. Murder, rape, incest, theft, greed, gluttony…
That is arrogance speaking loudly. The kind not controlled by societal norms or religious boundaries or moral guidelines. Not all mind you. There is many atheists and Wiccans that frankly do better jobs of being moral or upright without a belief. They put many Christians or Christ followers to shame. Or, what about Buddhists, who do not kill bugs even. They speak volumes about their place in the world and their acknowledgement of that. So, i’m not going to generalize. The arrogant have their place as well.
They teach the rest of us more about humility than we care to admit. It is heady, the brew they concoct. The power they seem to indulge in and lust and chase and pant after. It makes us regular people want power too. But, we choose instead to chase and retain wisdom. For power will fade and lusts never get fulfilled, but wisdom remains.
So, our arrogance as human beings. Not really freedom but free from.
Freedom. Braveheart. America’s founding principle.
Freedom as a verb. Not a changing document. Too many politicians and lawyers and doctors and gurus thinking of themselves as higher than their fellow man (woman). that arrogance I refer to.
I miss the days where because freedom existed, one could post cartoons of Muslim religious figures without shootings. That freedom then was a rare thing. Where there ws a mutual respect for human life and liberty and individuals mattered.
The point im trying to get at eludes me, so I keep hinting at it. Hoping that I will jog that part of my brains function to sort this mess out. Its not crossing from the thinking to the being able to get it onto this page. I humbly apologize. its a rabbit hole… I’ve already indulged too much in my own arrogance.
Lets all take these snapshot paragraphs and see what blends and sticks?
some shoobey blues