Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Freedom

Je suis condamné à être libre. (J.P. Sartre)

I was going to post a video of a live performance of the song "Freedom" by Jimi Hendrix, and it got removed from YouTube due to copyright infringement.  Ironic, but not surprising. People blindly believe they are free, but they usually have no idea what they're talking about.

'Freedom' and 'liberty' are impressive words, they are dramatic words.  They are motivational words. But their meanings and implications are never thought out.  They evoke ideological ranting and heightened emotions, but the concepts are without substance.

What is freedom?  It certainly doesn't fall under the perverted idea of corporate deregulation, or sociopathies such as despotism, absolutism, hedonism, anarchy, and so on. The relative concept of freedom is freedom in contrast to bondage of some kind.  A person in shackles is not free.  A person behind bars is not free. A person addicted to substances is not free.  A person burdened with debts is not free. And so on. But aside from the relative, contrastive, and obvious understanding of freedom, can it be defined in a short sentence or two?  Is it about boundlessness, limitlessness? Is it about having no constraints whatsoever? Not even reality itself is without constraints, which you could even call self-imposed. Order emerges out of Chaos because constraints have become imposed on formless, nonlinear behavior of phenomena. Random fields of quanta are "free" in their randomness, but order manifests in macro forms. Hence freedom implies, necessarily for human beings, some kind of limitation within which creative movement can take place.  

So if you make the choice to collapse a random field of pure quantum potential and make it actual, that is your freedom.  You do it every breathing moment. You create, and bring to pass, much like reality itself, all within a well structured Totality. That is your freedom.  If that doesn't sound grandiose enough, dramatic enough like the Statue of Liberty, step back a little, take a deep breath, and dive even deeper.