Living Free

by Stephen Mills on July 4, 2009

Liberty

In the United States on July 4th, we celebrate our Independence from political chains.  In 1776 on this day (or close to it anyway), we began an incredible experiment in political freedom.  For the first 150 years or so we achieved that dream and quite literally changed the world.  Unfortunately we have lost that ideal and now practically trip over ourselves in the race to enslave one another in this country.

In my youth I expended a great deal of stress over the loss of that political ideal and like many idealistic young people I thought I could help do something about it.  My shelves of books on political philosophy are a testament to that time.

At some point, and it was probably gradually over a number of years, I realized that it was futile and I had to stop stressing over it.  Frankly, I just gave up and returned to some ideas from even earlier in my youth around personal freedom.  Even in a state of political freedom, most people do not live free.  Regardless of the political atmosphere you can live free and a major theme of this blog is freedom, even if that is not always made explicit.

One of the books of my youth was a book by Harry Browne called How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World.  I loved it and still do.  In future articles I’m going to be concentrating more explicitly on how to live free in an unfree world.  I think this is an incredibly important topic.  It is something you have total control over and for which don’t need the cooperation of others. In the meantime you might want to review some of my previous articles on subjects related to personal freedom and things that you can control.

The title of this blog is an explicit reference to freedom from the rat race.  It has actually become much more about personal development and personal freedom than freedom from the rat race.  I’ve written recently about freedom from manipulative relationships, freedom from commitment, and freedom from compromise and control.

There have been article about freedom from the non-essential:

Identify the Essential and Eliminate the Rest
Eliminate the Non-Essential From Your Life

I have written about freedom from slavery to our genes and freedom from our sense of being a victim.  Recently I have discovered living in the now and have published articles on freedom from our past and future:

Living Now – Part I
More About Living in the Now

Even the articles on taking responsibility are about freedom from the blame game.  There have been articles on freedom from choices and freedom from being artificialFreedom from TV has even made it into the mix.

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Trey - Swollen Thumb Entertainment July 4, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Hi Stephen,

I’ve had to struggle with the fact that most of the voters in this country don’t want to vote consistently with the ideals of the U.S.A. Usually, the people who “get it” are the ones who are accused of being what’s wrong with Americans. And a lot of people who preach about freedom don’t even believe in it.

However, I believe that we’re moving closer to another enlightenment, and that a lot of people are going to learn, maybe the hard way, that we need to return to the fundamentals of our Constitution, and with our modern day outlook on it, we can return to being the great nation we started out as!

As for your freedom theme, I can understand what you’re saying. Freedom is a very fundamental idea, and can be applied to lots of situations. We must learn to free ourselves from the shackles of our government, and from the shackles of our mind and bodies if we wish to truly live free.
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Stephen Mills July 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm

@Trey, I hope you are right about a new enlightenment. However, in the meantime we need to take direct action ourselves and live free.

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Ian | Quantum Learning July 6, 2009 at 1:48 pm

I’m British (boo… hiss!!!) so it’s not really my place to comment on the state of the USA … and I’ve never visited so have no first hand experience of your country.

It does seem that freedom as a stated value is crucial to the American experiment, but as a practical, pervasive way of living it’s a bit harder to actually live by. Simplifying it horribly, it’s maybe something to do with the rise of the corporation. The business world remains steadfastly undemocratic which has rather undermined America as a role model of democracy. Especially as business pretty much dictates political and private life for most.

Still .. I think it was a probably a good thing that the Brits allowed you to leave the empire ;-)
.-= Ian | Quantum Learning´s last blog ..What to do with naughty kids =-.

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Michael January 3, 2010 at 10:16 am

I’ve been researching helicopter flight simulator, I’ve spotted a pattern. A new genre in its own right. This is separate and apart from the genre of larger flight simulator to which it already belongs.

The completely unique control mechanisms of helicopters set them apart from traditional flight sims, as they make the usually daunting task of taking off and landing much less harrowing.
They also improved upon the otherwise mundane task of flying from Point A to Point B, by making the task stimulating.

In many flight sims, autopilot often is a pilot’s best friend to avoid the rather tedious task of flying around. A good helicopter flight simulator makes flying more rewarding.

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