Friday, April 15, 2011
REMAINING FREE IN AN UNFREE WORLD
Freedom! The very word itself rings out with a thunderous vibration. Of all the things one strives for,freedom, I do believe is the most sacred of all. If one cannot be free then what is the use of even being here in this world? I do consider myself very fortunate in that I was born in the UnitedStates of America which is one of the more free countries inthe world.But even though we have a constitution which gives all Americans the right to freedom it sure doesn't always seem like we are truly free.Our government is elected by the common people but does that mean all of us "common" people are truly free. I dont think so personally.I sure don't agree with lots of what our government does and how they operate but I still think it is by far one of the better governments. The biggest "problem" with our elected officials is that they are so far out of touch with us common folks.The politicians live by completely different rules than all of us do.They set their own pay scales and perks and do not have to be dependant on Social Security or a private 4011 k p;an. After serving one term they have enactedlaws that they will be forever taken care of financially with pensions they set up for themselves.Dont guess i can blame them for doing that. I suppose if I had a job and could set my own salary and benefits Id do the same. But Im gettingoff track here since I meant this entry tobe about finding freedom in an unfree world.Its hard to do but can be done if one takes the time and effort to think about all thats really important to them.Being free to me means that I can come and go as I wish and that as long as Im not breaking any laws or doing immoral stuff no one will try to take that from me.This crazy world we live in seems to try and take us down roads that we really dont wish to go.We become so focused on making money that we forget that everyone else is our brother and sister and we take advantage of them just to further our own selfish desires.Why is the price of everything so high these days?I think it is simply because of greed.Everybody wants as much as they can get and damn everyone else.Im just glad that I've learned not to be that way.I maynot have much in material wealth but I am free. As free as I could hope to be anyway.I read a quote from Gautama Buddha that I will leave you with today.He states:"As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world, having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world." My sincerest desire for each of you is that you will quickly find total "Freedom" in eaqch area of yor life and that you will be quick to help others find theirs.Until then keep on smiling and do something nice for someone just cause you can!