Friday, August 19, 2011
The universal ideal of liberty (#931)
This is a concept that defines every human being. Whether those who seek it or those who deny it to others, liberty's appeal is within us all. What is happening now in our ever more complex and open world are efforts to attain liberty and maintain it as well. What is Liberty? As defined by Wikipedia: "Liberty is a concept in political philosophy that identifies the condition in which human beings are able to govern themselves, to behave according to their own free will, and take responsibility for their actions." It would seem that having a life, each of our own, would be a concept available to every human being. That is not so in our world today. Liberty is being denied to many millions of us through tradition and oppression. An awakening however is taking place in all areas of our world and the thought that some have liberty and others do not does not sit well with those who do not have liberty. It is expressed in upheaval and demonstration against forces unaccustomed to being challenged from within like this. A price is being paid by those who would know liberty in their lifetime like none other of their generations have previously. It is upon those of us who have liberty to support those who don't if we truly believe in the concept of liberty and the value of human equality. Those who deny liberty to others have the knowledge that liberty is good for them but not for others. We must convince those who hold this view to become aware of the hypocrisy of their thinking. Greed and power have an illusionary attraction that blinds the deniers of liberty to others, in order to feed some weakness within themselves. Such is the daily struggle for comprehension that is logical and just. Liberty of each soul to live a life of discovery and happiness will eventually prevail for all but unfortunately the time has not arrived just yet.