posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 07:33 PM
Freedom, true freedom, or a lack of it, it's a big issue.
The word you used, "slave", it's a good strong inflamatory word people emotionaly respond to. I do the same thing when I refer to "our masters"
in many of my posts, and sometimes people don't see that it is more about trying to get people to think. It's not about giving up. Of course, I get
the occasional irritated person who may say something like, "I'm no slave!" But that just means that it works!
Anyway, S & F for you since it looks like people are thinking about it. Some even seem to be looking past the obvious material aspects, which is
good, but maybe not as practical for the average person.
Sure, we might all know deep down that the less we "need", the better. Certainly, no one should argue when it comes to the obvious cases, like
drugs or alcohol. But I'm guessing that most people who click on your thread are not going to want to hear about Buddha or Ghandi.
So, focusing on the practical, instead of just the spiritual, maybe we can start by looking at the individual, and move out from there.
We might end up with a "spectrum" of less "freedom", to more.
At one end of the spectrum, maybe let's put the poor drug addict. Now there's a person who can be given the world, materialistically speaking, but
we might even imagine things getting even worse if that should ever happen!
Moving up, maybe we could think of the very poor person, who depends on the State for immediate needs, shelter, food, etc.
Then, there might be the ones I think you were aiming for. Yeah, the ones with a job, who feel real "free", until the boss shows them the door!
And then their whole world can crumble, real fast.
Someone mentioned self-employment, being an entrepreneur. I like that, I am one myself, but not everyone can do it. Why? Mainly because our whole
society seems to gear the average person to a "job". Education system, the way Mom and Pop raised you, etc., not everyone comes from a family of
Moving up another notch, past the self-employed (who have the benefit of not having to worry about a boss firing them), might be someone with lots of
pans in the fire. Yeah, a rare bird, but this one has some advantages the merely self-empolyed doesn't have. For example, if a whole industry went
down, then having a boss or not, wouldn't even matter. Always a good idea to be diversified.
But then, the ECONOMY! This one hoses just about everyone, except the truly filthy rich, but we won't go there, what would be the point?
OK, so I want to be practical here...what about the economy? We're HERE! Sure, not having a drug habit is good, not depending upon the state is
better, and not worrying about a boss is pretty nice. But this economy can take a lot of smart, hardworking, responsible people, and dump them in the
What to do? I'll step back now and let others say their piece. I just thought that this terrible economy might put things in a new perspective.
Great thread OP!