Freedom is often misunderstood. This is one of the many articles or reflections that I have read that have helped to get closer to the heart of true freedom, and so I am sharing it with my readers on this First Monday Re-blog.
And I ask those who read it… Do you consider yourself free when you have a menu of choices from which you may choose? This is a sadly limited view of freedom – and of life itself – reducing our existence to the wanting and obtaining of external things. To be free is to live out the truth – to be who we are created to be and to give ourselves away… To love.
Here are some thoughts, looking at two ways of understanding freedom, and so viewing the world. The two ways are life and choice (do you see where I’m going here?).
The freedom of life, is when the thing in question, be it a seed, a goat, a mother or an unborn child, is given the space and opportunity to go out of itself, growing, giving itself away, revealing the secret of its nature. To be free, is to be you, with all that that entails; to live out your gifts, talents, hopes, dreams, strengths, and weakness too. To not be free, is to have not-you imposed upon you, whether by violence or deception.
Freedom of choice on the other hand, considers matters as external to an individual you which is an abstract notion of an arbitrary will. It looks at all things as essentially separate from you, and with no…
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Although crippled by disease, I am fully alive in love. I write about the profound wonder and terrible beauty of life while living with physical disability and severe dependency. Unafraid to ask life's big questions, I was briefly an atheist and considered other religions before finding, in God's choice to intimately share our humanity, what it truly means to be fully human. A revert to the Catholic Faith, I blog weekly and have written a book called It's Good to Be Here.