Freedom. Now that is a Grand Word I use far too often; it seems to be all I blab about day and night. I never considered myself an idealist and sure as hell I am not one now – but if there was ever an idea that could potentially sway me, back in the old days when I was not so bitter and disappointed with the world as if I have lived through seventy years of hardship myself already, back then it would have been freedom.
I don’t have many strong opinions, but there is one that sticks with me the most and that is: let people do what they want to do and be who they want to be. Freedom of choice is by far the only thing I get passionate about in discussion; that and maybe the fact that, well, other people are people and deserve our respect regardless. But since the latter seems to be a logical conclusion of the former, it really is all I am about in my socio-political debates: choice.
(On a side note: this will not be a political post. If I ever decide to write one, just shoot me, as I will be too far gone to save.)
Yet surprisingly often I find that other people’s idea of what freedom constitutes is wildly different to my own idea of freedom. I do see the irony in how much that bothers me; don’t worry. But it doesn’t change the fact that for some people freedom has become no more than an excuse – a key to open doors otherwise rightfully closed. And since almost everyone and everything tries to toy with our freedom nowadays, well, maybe it’s time we show it some proper love.
So here I am, blabbing Grand Words again to advise you on the two most important constituents of freedom as I see it. And no, being able to do whatever you want surprisingly doesn’t even make the Top 2 (sadly retired to spot number 3). [Read more…]