It is the 4th of July in America. People all over are waving flags, watching parades, staring in wonder at dazzling fireworks displays, and consuming vats of food and drink. I think sometimes we forget what it really means.
What is freedom?
We know that it represents Independence Day, or the birth of the United States. It changed the world and the people that created it. But what does freedom mean to you?
Freedom is the right to speak and act without hindrance. It is not the right to do this without regard for others and causing them harm. It is not the right to harm creatures and property.
Freedom is about choice. It is about the ability to think, to decide, to act upon what is for your highest and best good. It is about choosing who you want in your life. It is choosing a career path that makes you happy and utilizes your skills. It is wearing what you like. It is doing the things that make you happy and fulfilled. When you feel happy and fulfilled, your life will feel smooth. Oh, it will never be without issues, for you are human after all.
Freedom is simply just a thought process. It is allowing your thoughts to run wild, imagining, dreaming, just completely letting loose. They are just thoughts after all and don’t have to be shared or put into action. “Die Gedanken Sind Frei” is an old German song about the freedom of thought. Its lyrics speak of thoughts being within your mind where no one can shut them down and no one can imprison you.
That is the true meaning of freedom.
So how will you set your mind free?