Are We Free Now?
Is our freedom dependent upon our programming?
Does programming make us feel free?
Where does this feeling of freedom we enjoy come from?
Is our freedom real? Are there limits to freedom?
The internet gives us different opportunities to learn about many topics. Today Freedom is a big topic, especially the question, “Are We Free Now?” Experts are discussing freedom on a global basis, as well as the topic of safeguarding the freedoms that we currently have and are we slowly losing these freedoms?
As a child, I remember asking my mother why there were people with so much money and other people starving in the world. As she tried to explain to me that this was normal and the way the world worked, I could not understand this at all. She tried to explain capitalism to me and that those with money, were the ones creating and making things happen. This did not explain why these people were not willing to help others, and, then, the explaination turned to other words, like socialism and communism.
(I included the link to the word capitalism on the dictionary.com website - it is interesting to see that these "ism" words came about during the industrial revolution, when these tycons of industries began to really make their wealth.) It is also interesting that many of those that are in control of society today, were gaining their wealth at the very time these words begin to surface in our society.)
There are many famous quotes from individuals on the page above, but the one that I would like to show here is this one:
“[F]rom the beginning, capitalism has been characterized by a tension between laissez-faire and intervention—laissez-faire representing the expression of its economic drive, intervention its democratic political orientation.“
—Robert Heilbroner and Lester Thurow, Economics Explained (1982)
Thinking of those conversations with my mother (who by the way worked for a bank), seems to answer my question why the words socialism and communism appeared in our conversation when I would ask, why these capitalist would not help those in need of basic neccessities. Fear from having just lived through war expounding these words, were a very real part of her recent life experiences.
I am not political and never have been. I agree with Mr. Larken in many ways. I don’t believe we need outside rulers over us. As adults, most of us know what is right and what is wrong. Power and control can become a sickness for some, which I think is what we are currently experiencing in a way greater than we have seen in a long time. I am not a Libertarian, Socialist, Communist, or any “ism”.
My belief is that we were all created by one creator and no one should have more power over us. We know what is best for ourselves, but we must realize our own power and not feel the need for an outside controller to tell us what is “right” and what is “wrong”. Our creator is here to experience life through us, so that is our purpose. That purpose shows up when we “follow our hearts”. Joy, happiness and sharing is a much better way to live than fear, oppression and control from others.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
― Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin
The programming of our thoughts to trust authority over us is dissolving for many of us. The belief that others know what is best for us is a belief that we must overcome to truly have our freedom and democracy that our forefathers fought so hard for us to experience
The doors to our freedom open when we begin to open our minds, look around, take stock of where our lives are heading and why, and then take the responsibility for ourselves to change it. Listening to your inner voices, instead of the same old ideas that our parents and their parents accepted is not working. We are seeing the awakening of societies all over the world. We are realizing our differences are truly strengths and not there to separate us, as we have been programmed to believe.
Helping our fellow human beings in need does not mean hand outs, but hands up. That is what humans do when they understand how important it is to the world for us to work together to survive. Our old belief system has caused war, hate, jealousy, fear and a lack of understanding. We cannot build from these programmed thought forms. Building comes from opening your heart and mind to the fact that we are all living on this beautiful planet because of one thing. We were created by a power higher than ourselves to experience life on this planet, in whatever way we feel is “right for us”.
Happiness and joy is up to us. Giving our power away to have lives based on these feelings, only comes from the negative thought patterns, mentioned above. A life filled with respect for the well being of others does not take away from our own abundance, but only enhances it.
Wishing you much happiness and joy.
Thanks For Reading.
Remember to live from what you feel is right and not what others feel is “right for you”.
Positive ideas can make a difference in societies that understand what can be done, with just a few different ways of thinking: