FREEDOM

As long as you have any fears, blocks or barriers that stop you from doing all that you can do in life, and from being all that you can be in life, you are not truly free.

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Ultimately, no one can give or gain you freedom – aside from yourself; no political system, no decision by a politician or a judge.

If you believe that true freedom derives from any kind of political process, remember that liberal democracy, as we know it, originated in Britain. Then go on the London Underground in rush hour and tell me that the people there are liberated.

Experience the joy of an hour long traffic jam in any major Western city and then tell me that we are free!

Particularly so, if before embarking on that wonderful journey home you have just spent eight or nine hours doing a job you hate, just so that you can pay the bills.

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Is true freedom possible? Absolutely. And what’s more, it is available every second, of every minute, of every hour, of every day.

Essentially, freedom involves letting go. Letting go of your fears, your anxieties, your insecurities, your needs, wants and desires.

Letting go of all your misperceptions and false ideas about life.

At the very core of freedom, is letting go of all your beliefs that you are not free.

And recognising that just as you have built the prison cell of your own perceptions, you can just as easily dismantle it.

So long as you want freedom enough.

The truth is that many people would rather be secure and comfortable with their secure and comfortable ideas about life, than truly free.

Well, think about it: when you are in jail, you get three meals a day and a roof over your head.

For some that is better than what life outside jail entails.

So let’s not judge and condemn those who would hold on to their comforts and their securities. But let us discard our comforts and our securities in the search for freedom, all the same.

© Phillip A. Klein March 2008

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