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I YEARN TO BE FREE

 

I yearn to be free. This is an instinct that is ingrained within all of humankind. It is a concept that drives people to the heights of ecstasy or the depths of depression. This concept starts revolutions, ends oppressions and halts slavery. Yet the opposite is also true. From a different vantage point the concept freedom is the accelerant that will ignite people’s to oppress others in a perverted form of chain making.

 

There are differing concepts of freedom and each one is as different as the number of people on this planet. For one person or group, a well for water in the middle of their village would be a form of freedom rather than having to travel a few miles to carry their daily supply back to their individual families. To others freedom could be the suppression of a certain group of people so that the oppressors would not have to perform certain tasks they deemed beneath them.

 

But freedom should be striven for as the attainment or progress of self or group within the confines of human decency.

 

So where does government fit into this scenario? Any form of government is a form of oppression on one level or another. But without government the world would sink into the depths of anarchy. So taken as such, some form of government is necessary in order to insure freedom.

 

So what does it mean to yearn to be free? Is it to live without the rule of law? To disregard respect and honor to others? To let one’s ego drive oneself to enslave another to the detriment of that individual and in reality to both parties involved? Is true freedom actually attainable? In all reality the answer is no. The only way to be released from the influence of others, laws and government is through death. Even then some would say we are influenced someway and somehow though reincarnation or an afterlife.

 

Is the concept of freedom something to strive for? Absolutely. To have the freedom to walk down a street without the threat of being assaulted. To believe what you believe without the threat of being bullied assaulted or even put to death. To encompass thoughts opinions and actions for the betterment of the whole rather than the few.

 

The number one responsibility of government is the health and welfare of the people. The number one legal function of this government is to protect the borders and print money. How these two ideas intermingle with each other create a juxtaposition of progress and freedom.

 

There are some who would say that freedom should never come at the expense of another. I cannot make that statement as one person’s freedom will always come with a loss. It is unavoidable. But one should strive for a freedom that has little if any adverse effect on another. It does come down to the laws of harmony and balance in our universe. Also adapted to this is the basic law of physics stating for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. These wise words should lend one’s actions be thoughtful and cautionary. But never stagnant. To stagnate is to rot and to rot is to die. Not the kind of freedom most wish to seek.

 

One must be cognizant of the fact for every gain there is a loss. But loss does not always have to be negative. One person’s financial gain could be used for the betterment of others. Which would cause the latter to lose a detrimental situation. Balance. Harmony. Gain and loss. All fulfilled.

 

Rousseau’s Social Contract as I interpret it tells of a societal balance. Briefly stated. A society should never ask for more than an individual can give and an individual should never ask for more than that society can give. There is a balance and harmony to this which elevates that particular society to another level of freedom. But it must also be recognized that freedom comes with rules. These rules must be formulated in the best interest of that society and if conjoined with other societies as we have at present then these rules must be formulated in the best interest of all societies affected. And seeing that everything affects everything else in one way or another all societies must take great care to avoid formulating policies that are detrimental to one another. The laws of molecular attraction state as such. We are all composed of the same molecular structure and each one of us has the same magnetic poles within out systems therefore in one sense we all attract and affect each other in one way or another. To achieve some semblance of freedom we must recognize this and be aware of the negative aspects of overdone isolationist and nationalistic policies. They are doomed to failure from the start as they are adverse to all laws of physics, economics, finance, spirituality, progress and growth in the long run.

 

There are those who would scream this is socialism. On the contrary in no way shape or form have I espoused socialism or capitalism. I am referring to a sense of thoughtful cooperation between diverse societies. Cooperation that lends itself to discovering the commonalities that exist between us rather than the differences and there are a great many things in common. When pursuing this path one will come to recognize there exists a sense of progress and growth for all. Not the same for all on the same level for we all start at differing strata but the increase of progress will have a common ratio of success. And the bottom line will be the very starting point we began to strive for. Freedom.

 

Ric Wells/Akecheta

3/16/2017

Comments

Ric Wells Added Mar 18, 2017 - 12:37pm
Had to post this article again. For some reason it was dropped from the site and my profile. 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Mar 18, 2017 - 12:43pm
Freedom's just another word....;-)
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Mar 18, 2017 - 12:45pm
....but Kristofferson wasn't right at all. You have to free yourself of all material obligations first, THEN you are on the right track. That doesn't mean you have to become a Sadhu.
Ric Wells Added Mar 18, 2017 - 12:45pm
True Mr. Mcgee.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Mar 18, 2017 - 12:46pm
LOL
Ric Wells Added Mar 18, 2017 - 12:46pm
Or a pilgrim or hermit.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Mar 18, 2017 - 12:52pm
Ric
 
To me, freedom is a philosophical word that can only concern the mind. Basics have to be met. But, as you know by having lived in the mountains for long, only by learning to re-feel nature and our connection to it, freedom of mind is possible.
 
When we understand that the world does not turn around US but that we're only a small grain of sand on a vast beach, we're well on the way to get our ego adjusted to what it is in reality.
 
One can see the beach from a plane but not one grain. It's not me or you that is important. It's us all which make up that beach.
 
Only - we're not aware of it apparently.
Ric Wells Added Mar 18, 2017 - 12:55pm
The world does not turn around the US. The problem is it thinks it does.
Ric Wells Added Mar 18, 2017 - 12:56pm
And if you are that grain of sand you cannot fathom the world.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:02pm
Had to google "fathom" - agree :-)
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:04pm
No, hang on. By US I don't mean the United States. I mean US as in "us the humans". Just wanted to accentuate that :-)
Ric Wells Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:05pm
Guess what both apply in my opinion.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:09pm
Well......I guess so. But once the US loses its feeling of world leader another country will take over and act the same. Why ? Because we're not as different as humans as we think. Same conditions bring out same attributes.
Ric Wells Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:13pm
Very true. Feelings of supremacy of one sort or another. Or just the need to feel superior.
Ric Wells Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:17pm
Would the reason to start a war be because of a superiority complex or an inferiority complex. Or just plain delusional.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:19pm
It's natural. Your feeling of importance diminishes with the number of people around you, and even more so when you realize that we're 8'000'000'000 people here. So nature comes in, and the genetic drive for reproduction of the fittest makes you not only think that you have to be the best and work for that, but you also tend to minimize the value of others to keep your hormonally imagined self-importance in place.
 
Quite an error, useful in stone age, but nowadays the methods have changed. But the human brain hasn't changed in those approx lousy 50'000 years since our species has emerged.
Tom C. Purcell Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:21pm
"Would the reason to start a war be because of a superiority complex or an inferiority complex. Or just plain delusional."
 
Neither, Ric.  Not so fast, now.  Wars are rarely fought over superiority/inferiority principles.  Feelings of superiority are used as propaganda both ways.  "They think they're superior to us" and "We're superior to our enemy" work as war cries.  That's all. 
Ric Wells Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:22pm
Maybe we gave to redefine fittest and best.
Ric Wells Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:22pm
Have not gave.
Ric Wells Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:25pm
Nice to hear from you Tom. Meant these as questions. But wouldn't these war cries come from inner feelings and then used to reinforce propaganda?
Tom C. Purcell Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:27pm
Ric,
 
Possibly, but each of us can find such feelings if we look deep enough.  We're all here today because of the successes of all of our ancestors.  We should all hold some sense of pride.  Superiority is more of a divisive word, but you certainly hope to believe you are superior when marching into battle.  You need that sense, that confidence.
Tom C. Purcell Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:29pm
...and I don't just mean the soldier, the warrior but also in many other instances.  If you want to enforce change, you've really got to believe in your cause as being, well, perhaps morally superior.
Ric Wells Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:30pm
Tom what if freedom to you?
 
Ric Wells Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:30pm
Stone already gave his answer.
Ric Wells Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:32pm
Tom if we are all basucally the same how can one be superior to another.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:34pm
Tom
 
Feelings of superiority are used as propaganda both ways.
 
True, but we getting off from nature to propaganda. Self-assurance (not self-importance) is needed that you get out of bed in the morning. It's quite easy to get a single guy off his ego trip when you have a person-to-person discussion and the guy has a minimal IQ equipment. The problem comes in when he has NOT, and then your propaganda catches up. Only an inferiority complex or lack of education and/or life experience can lead to a mass of sheep unable to think for themselves.
 
And that's what society is turning into in the age of digitalization. You can google LIFE means you KNOW life ;-)
 
But in future the fittest will be the ones who realize that. .....goes back to nature again. Only: Nature has no say in that. We act according to OUR biological nature while at the same time DESTROYING it.
 
So "god" really fucked up. Since he/she/it/.... made us according to hishersits image......no good, creator.
 
Off you go and mind the gap (thanks Jeffry ;-)
Tom C. Purcell Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:35pm
Assuming you mean, "what is freedom" to me...
 
Certainly not the fa├žade of freedom that multigenerational U.S. citizens live with today.  Freedom is not lifelong debt, huge taxes and allegiance to Israel.  Not for me or any fellow American.  Freedom does require security, or it's just chaos.  Freedom requires the very best, uncorrupt leadership and a semblance of national identity and unity.  American freedom is lacking in most of these virtues.
Ric Wells Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:42pm
You are correct. I did mean to you. I would be interested if others weighed in with answers to that very question. Maybe that is a new thread that could be started.
Tom C. Purcell Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:43pm
Good idea, Ric.  Go for it.  Feel free to use my last comment as part of the piece if it fits.
Ric Wells Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:45pm
Have to wait untilthus one drops down and 2 days go bye. Autumn's rules you know.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:45pm
Ric
 
if we are all basucally the same how can one be superior to another.
 
First you have to realize that we're all the same to avoid a feeling of superiority. Tom discusses it from another angle than you. While you get to the roots of it, he already looks at the AS IS condition.
 
Means I see a gap between yout and Tom's comments. Am I wrong ?
Ric Wells Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:46pm
Right now I'm battling the final stages of the flu that's going around the country. Knocks the crap out of you. 
Ric Wells Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:49pm
Stone this is true but we all come at philosophical issues from our own experience vantage point and even what we wish to see as a solution. But yes the recognition we are all the same has been lost but needs to resurface for humanities survival.
Dino Manalis Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:50pm
Inequality is natural, but we should avoid making it worse with our policies.  The love of freedom is also natural, but within the boundaries of rules; regulations; and values.  Criminal and unethical behavior should be condemned!
Tom C. Purcell Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:55pm
Stone,
 
Forgive me but I didn't fully grasp your longer comment to me.  Can you condense it for me so I can respond accordingly?
Ric Wells Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:55pm
Ok Dino who makes the rules regulations etc. And what may be unethical in one society is ethical in another. Also us inequality natural or learned.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Mar 18, 2017 - 2:01pm
Dino
 
Inequality is natural
 
I'm not sure. What IS inequality ? Or, better asked: What's equality ? Who defines it ? Is a mentally handicapped person which has a rich emotional life and cares for others less valued than a IQ genius of 140 who works for Apple and has the single goal to get on top no matter how ?
 
Before we can discuss equality vs. inequality we have to discuss VALUE of life. Value of a human = profitable to whichever economy.
 
That's EVERYWHERE, and is needed for survival of the group. But in old cultures the old and the handicapped were taken care of and were accepted as full members of a community (I see that even today in Cameroon).
 
This is what I call a form of equality.
 
Not that gender propaganda shit which makes me think who's got the IQ in those days ?? ;-)
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Mar 18, 2017 - 2:05pm
BTW: We were talking about freedom. Let's stick to that.
Mircea Negres Added Mar 19, 2017 - 11:12am
Good one, Ric. Freedom is a marvelous ideal which is defined in a practical sense by the equilibrium reached between the individual and the collective. It is what has driven change and progress to a large degree, while driving nuts the tyrants who sought to be the only beneficiaries.
Ric Wells Added Mar 19, 2017 - 11:13am
Thanks Mircea
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Mar 19, 2017 - 12:30pm
Tom
 
What is it that is not clear ?
Tom C. Purcell Added Mar 19, 2017 - 12:35pm
Seems like you are telling me to fuck off.
Eileen de Bruin Added Mar 19, 2017 - 12:57pm
"Is the concept of freedom something to strive for? Absolutely. To have the freedom to walk down a street without the threat of being assaulted. To believe what you believe without the threat of being bullied assaulted or even put to death. To encompass thoughts opinions and actions for the betterment of the whole rather than the few.

The number one responsibility of government is the health and welfare of the people. The number one legal function of this government is to protect the borders and print money. How these two ideas intermingle with each other create a juxtaposition of progress and freedom."
 
Regarding this, part of the original essay Ric:  First paragraph, yes! Second one, yes! And no, it is not "socialism" which seems to be a frightening word to the Americans. It is good sense.
 
Picking up on what equality is:  being equal does not mean that we should all be the same.  I think that, say, equality is about the love of God/ Universal light/ spirit  being the same for every human being, as in the rain pours on the good, the bad and the ugly, as does the sunshine. But we are all individuals and none of us are the same. Nothing wrong in being different and "equality" does not preclude this. 
 
 
Ric Wells Added Mar 19, 2017 - 2:15pm
Eileen thank you for the input.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Mar 21, 2017 - 12:18am
Tom
 
Huh ? Nope. Just don't know what you mean...
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 21, 2017 - 3:57am
I don't normally comment on this author's articles. 
 
That said I live in a country who's very name means country of free people. They're fucking serious about it in their every day lives and perspective.
 
I have never been more free anywhere other than at sea alone thousands of miles from anywhere the shore bound call somewhere than I am here. 
 
DUHmericans for the most part can't handle the freedom here. 99% of them ask me how I can stand to live in "this crazy country", what they're really asking is how can I stand to live where someone or something doesn't have their jackboot on my neck 24/7/365.
 
In the final analysis freedom means being able to say no and have it mean something when you do. 
Ric Wells Added Mar 21, 2017 - 10:08am
Thanks for the input Jeffry. The last sentence is true on so many levels.
Tom C. Purcell Added Mar 21, 2017 - 11:48am
Stone, oh well nevermind.  :)
Mike Haluska Added Mar 21, 2017 - 3:20pm
Ric - it sounds all touchy-feely and cool to say:
 
"Briefly stated. A society should never ask for more than an individual can give and an individual should never ask for more than that society can give."
 
but it begs the question:  "Just who is society?"
Do I just shout out the window "I need food, shelter and clothing" and "society" responds in kind???  Do I get a certified letter from "society" that states I am "entitled" to so much goods and services?
 
Let Dr Friedman educate us:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWsx1X8PV_A
 
 
Mike Haluska Added Mar 21, 2017 - 3:23pm
Jeffry - we agree on one thing:
 
"DUHmericans for the most part can't handle the freedom here."
 
The Welfare State has institutionalized government dependency and has destroyed the will to be free.  By the way - where is "here"?
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 21, 2017 - 10:25pm
Pay attention Haluska. My residence is common knowledge. That you are so in love with your Friedman/Rand nonsense you can't possibly care enough about others on WB to remember these small details about them is unsurprising. Even that you're so egocentric there's a clear hint within the comment you quote. 
Ric Wells Added Mar 22, 2017 - 12:16am
So Mike I guess you have never driven on an interstate or attended a public school eaten a tax supported school lunch walked in a public park. Oh what a sheltered priveleged and ultimately sad life you have lead cooped up in your little room all of your days and night. 
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 23, 2017 - 1:58am
In Thailand since September '16 approximately 680,000 citations were issued for traffic infractions. 11% of those were paid. Yet people wonder why I love Thais and Thailand so much. Thailand. Prathet Thai. Land of Thai. Thai - Free people. They damned well act that way.
Eileen de Bruin Added Mar 23, 2017 - 4:44am
Interesting thread which gives food for thought for mine and which serves to help me fathom my next response.  
 
But it is very clear, from many of the threads, that we are essentially discussing or trying to analyse the human condition and our place in it. Just who or what the hell are we I wonder!
 
Mike Haluska Added Mar 23, 2017 - 9:49am
Ric - your statement:
 
"So Mike I guess you have never driven on an interstate or attended a public school eaten a tax supported school lunch walked in a public park."
 
is a typical liberal tactic - throw in unrelated material in an attempt to invalidate the opposition's point, and then "shame" them.  Your Saul Alinksy Playbook crap doesn't fly anymore - so drop it.  Nobody said that the Welfare State includes legitimate government functions, or that we don't need a government.  There is a "rule book" that "progressives" constantly ignore when it doesn't suit their objectives called the Constitution - if you want to know what the legitimate function of the Federal Government is, try reading it.
 
   
Mike Haluska Added Mar 23, 2017 - 9:51am
Jeffry - enjoy Thailand.  On the plus side, good spicy food.  On the minus side, long haul to Wrigley Field. 
Mike Haluska Added Mar 23, 2017 - 9:53am
Ric - you never answered my simple question:
 
 "Just who is society?"
Do I just shout out the window "I need food, shelter and clothing" and "society" responds in kind???  Do I get a certified letter from "society" that states I am "entitled" to so much goods and services?
 
I hate to make people defend their own nonsense (well, not actually) but it is a simple, legitimate question.  Answer it!
 
Eileen de Bruin Added Mar 23, 2017 - 4:13pm
Mike, no.. Well, if you want to do that, go ahead! Man is not an island. We all need each other as there is an interdependency - a society. Sorry Ric, couldn't resist that one!
Ric Wells Added Mar 23, 2017 - 7:57pm
Mike, my my my I suppose you think I just wait by my laptop to snap to attention to your order. Hardly. 
 First=Lets see. Black's Law Dictionary
Society- An association or company of persons (generally unincorporated) united together by mutual consent, in order to deliberate, determine and act jointly for some common purpose.
Second-I have never read Saul Alinksy. So stop making assumptions.
Third-Telling me to drop something is an attempt to negate my right to free speech. Pure bullying tactics which will land on deaf ears.
Fourth-Maybe you better open your eyes to see what is happening in the nation let alone the world. 
Fifth- I highly suggest you expand your sources of information and your reading material. You seem to be getting blinded by your own tunnel vision.
Just a suggestion I recommend some Sardoz, Niehardt, Deloria, Means, Nerburn, Marshall, Manuel, Goodwin, Zinn, That should get you started to expanding your frames of reference for comparisons sake. There are plenty more to follow up. 
Ric Wells Added Mar 23, 2017 - 8:01pm
Oh yes if you are so inclined maybe you should visit or even revisit the Bible, the Torah, the Koran and concentrate on the true intent of these writings. Restudying the Ten Commandments might be worth your while as well. But then maybe your brain if full and cannot expand anymore. Sad. 

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