What Does It Mean?

We hear the word freedom used quite a bit here in America, and I would hazard to say most people have an idea of what that word means to them. I can’t help but wonder if much of the meaning hasn’t been lost over the past couple of centuries. Oh sure, we still have our basic freedoms of speech, religion and assembly, at least on paper, and that’s good. But what about freedom in the personal sense, the freedom to be who you were made to be? Does that still exist, or has society slowly pressured all of us to be what fits in? I believe each and every one of us was uniquely created, in the image of God, to be one of a kind. Special. An expression of some part of his nature. What we find today is incredible pressure to conform in almost every aspect of life. It starts in childhood – school, family, friends, work and even the church, have molds to squeeze us into. We are all expected to sit down, shut up, and not make any waves. We are especially not supposed to make anyone else uncomfortable, even for a moment. Don’t dare to be different or ask questions about the way things are. It’s all “for your own good”.  We have come a long way. “Rugged individualism” has been replaced by the “tyranny of the majority” as Ray Bradbury called it.

Wouldn’t it be strange if everyone suddenly refused to conform anymore? I’m not talking about breaking any laws or hurting anyone. I’m talking about taking off the mask that is your public persona and the handcuffs and leg irons that have subtly and slowly bound most of us in obligation and conformity.  Become the real you that you were made to be. Does the thought of that stir something in your heart?

So, what does the word freedom mean for each one of us? And how do I get free, really free? This is not a subject to be resolved quickly or lightly. It will require a lifetime of discussion, thought and prayer.

More later.


About glennjack

A pilgrim on a long journey. A son of God seeking the face of his Father. A father of 4. A writer, musician and overall deep thinker. A lover of the wild and untamed places. A seeker of truth, justice and peace. I am all of the above, and more.
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One Response to What Does It Mean?

  1. evangelines says:

    Great post:) I think you are right in many ways. It’s strange because we on the one hand feel we are so ‘liberated’ in our lives (well in the West at least), yet as you say, there is pressure to conform on the other hand. As you say, we are individuals, each with our own strengths, weaknesses, abilities, skills etc but how often are we encouraged or taught to make the most of those individual talents? Too often people feel the need to hide that personal sense of who they really are, don’t feel that freedom that you speak of, and I think that is so sad.

    It’s a good question you posed “How do I get free, really free?”. I think it takes courage, courage to keep going if those around you would reject the ‘true’ you, and also a willingness to ‘look’ at the true inner you inside. We don’t always like ourselves, and have to learn to accept the good with the bad in us, and change that which we can if we are not happy with it. But only change that which ‘we’ deem to be inadequate – not necessarily that which those around us tell us is (I’m not talking about wanting to be an axe murderer or something bad like that lol).

    It’s not an easy road always.

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