Gloss, Freedom

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Can the word freedom sensibly be used to mean anything other than an absence of visible restraint? What invisible restraints may yet remain can never be known.

I would also like to add that historically “freedom” has been nothing but a relative term. The early Christian church had freed itself from the Temple of Jerusalem. It took Henry VIII and Martin Luther to free us from the Catholic Church. Now what can free us from the “freer” churches? George Washington helped free us from King George. Now how do we get free of Washington DC? Ivan Illich, I, and a few others failed to free us from the school system. A better liberator may yet succeed. Or may it be that he’ll just be luckier? Born later? Born after the seeds have been long sown? Luther was far from the first to give the Church a swift kick in the teeth. (Not that that was, in Luther’s case, his intention.)

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

Further, I add the clarification that freedom, like compass points, like good and bad, are directional terms. However good something is, something else can be better. However bad, something else can be worse. However free you are, you’re still bound by something. However far south you are, something else can be more southerly. If you stood precisely on the north pole, your knees would still be north of your feet, Polaris would still be north of your uplifted hand. Were your uplifted arm a galaxy width in length, the North Star would be south of your hand!

Freedom, north, good … are never x-things.

Freedom and government are incompatible concepts. Populations tolerate governments in their flight from the very real dangers of natural freedom. The trouble is, once the governments have all the weapons, control all the resources, control the labeling and mislabeling, control the “education,” tolerance is compulsory.

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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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