For this post, I have to acknowledge and appreciate the mechanics of the intuitive mind. Put loosely, the mind that connects loose threads of information and screens all that come into ones experience. Be this so, my gratitude is presented to this aspect of my higher self.
O please spare me what little freedom I have left has numerous attachments when it is thought, felt, or said. It is all depending on and subject to the one – the one referring to who summons this mental conundrum. Initially acknowledging what freedom is, is paramount for the investigation to proceed impartially and free from aversion – thus truthfully. And this is where we shall begin. So, with less haste, I wish to detail what is the standardized definition of the term freedom:
freedom; 1. the state of being at liberty rather than confinement or under physical restraint. 2. exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc. 3. power of determining one’s or its own action. 4. Philos. the power to make one’s own choices or decisions without constraint from within or without; autonomy; self-determination. 5. civil liberty as opposed to subjection to an arbitrary or despotic government. 6. political or national independence. 7. a particular privilege enjoyed, as by a city or corporation: freedom to levy taxes. 8. personal liberty, as opposed to slavery. 9. absence of or release from ties, obligations, etc. 10. exemption or immunity from the presence of anything specified (usually fol. by from). 11. ease or facility of movement or action. 12. frankness of manner or speech. 13. absence of ceremony or reserve. 14. a liberty taken. 15. the right of enjoying all the privileges or special rights of citizenship, membership, etc. 16. the right to frequent, enjoy, or use at will. [ME (Middle English) fredom, OE (Old English) frēodōm
For sometime I have considered, quite ardently, that freedom had some underpinned connection to currency. Not money, currency. As though one would seize the day when lofty assets combined with insignificant deficits fabricate a somewhat paradisiacal lifestyle. Seemingly simple, yet an element of discomfort lingers within this ideal and there is evidence suggesting this to be so, which can be discovered without a great deal of effort or time.
Perhaps this is arguably the result of an overexposed, impressionable mind subjugated to the advertising brilliance of popular culture. Mainstream medias subliminal marketing campaigns, which, more often than not, echo all sorts of direct and indirect obscenities. Most conspicuously through idolised public figures/ celebrities that are all too happy to animate and revel in this ideology.
If my perspective up to this point comes across as undue skepticism or insensitive criticism I implore you to critically observe without prejudice or tunnelled vision those who are recognised as leading role-models in mainstream popular culture.
It wouldn’t be justified, prudent or wise to consider freedom as being synonymous with currency. I have come to the realisation that although currency plays a role, (in some cases a quintessential part) in the desire to attain freedom and a range of the definitions above, it does not comprise of the crucial component to be considered anything more than a beneficial tool in developing the bridge toward the destination of independence and liberation. Perhaps an analogy may prove helpful in targeting exactly what I seek to convey:
An aspiring horticulturist seeks to renovate his garden in order to yield a range of produce for the coming year to enjoy. He has researched and identified what is required to ensure he will be successful in his venture and begin to reap what he yearns. An auspicious individual he is. He has acquired, via numerous means, the materials which will prove vital as he encounters the expected stages he has been told of. Seeds. A shovel. Books covering economical and sustainable growing procedures for fruit and vegetation. Watering conditions and prerequisites. Local, hearty, natural soil and his own cultivated, compost heap. He believes he is ready. After he planted his seeds, and in a state of blind self-adulation of what he has accomplished, he became aware of something that immediately ruptured his short-lived exaltedness… That being, the success rate of growing conventional food and vegetables in a land with extremely low annum sun exposure is as likely as a snowstorm sweeping across what is modernly known as the Sahara Desert!
Good? Arguably not such a brilliant analogy, but one that I feel encompasses the sentiment entirely. The gardener didn’t account for what is, in a hierarchical sense, more important in the attainment of such a desire. As far as the analogy is concerned it was the warm, life-bringing and sustaining qualities of the energetic body in the firmament – Sol, or the Sun, as it is modernly known.
Prior to the analogy – currency by itself is not the key to accessing freedom. What is, is in fact the ability to fertilise a concept, an idea as a result of one’s imagination, which then provides the foundation, the glue to connect and integrate currency into the picture to build towards manifesting this ambition in this reality of time and space.
We must not demonstrate inequity if we are unprepared to acknowledge where the curious investigation leads. This concept examined above is nothing more than a stone on a pebbled beach, littered with thousands more of its kind.
W.E. Henley (1849 – 1903) in the renowned poem entitled ‘Invictus’ closed with two most fascinating verses:
“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”
Why would he be influenced to use such rhetoric to convey his sentiment? My guess is to serve his audience with a chilling reminder that you yourself are the driver of the vehicle. It is you who is going to architect the life that you lead despite whatever you choose to believe.
Robert ‘Bob’ Nesta Marley (1945 – 1981) on one of his many ingenious works he performed a song entitled ‘Revolution’ which, in itself is penetrating and sagacious, encompasses, in a literal sense, the situation and solution of “global” affairs. In this recording he, not unlike W.E Henley, uses incisive and mentally provoking rhetoric:
“I wish you could see, like the birds in the tree, the prisoners must be free.”
Let thy mind drift. Let thy mind wander the realms of the unseen to grapple, wrestle and gain a footing in leading a life one can be truly proud of. Where one not only holds dearly onto the little freedom one has left, but moves towards emancipating themselves from the psychological cage and be like the birds in the tree..
I AM Master. I am Able. I am Noble.