posted on Mar, 15 2003 @ 05:12 PM
I'm old enough to remember a time of real freedom and liberty here in the U.S.A. A time when I and my friends hand fun in the northern suburbs of
Buffalo, NY doing pretty much what we liked, and we liked what we did. Oh sure, sometimes our streethockey puck would trash a neighbor's window, one
of us would use a step ladder wrong, or we'd get a little too loud at night. In the end, we paid for the windows, have some scars, and made pretty
good friends with suburban cops.
But even this era of 30 years ago was beginning to experience the loss of small liberties. Today, we've lost more, and we're continuing to loose
them at an amazing pace.
But instead of posting an alarmist essay on the evils of this trend, I wonder, do we really deserve liberty?
Look at our culture and what we hold dear. Most of us (the general public) are more concerned about who's winning American Idol or Survivor, than we
are about the human rights issues in parts of the world. In today's news, the questionable events surrounding a lost 15-year old girl supplant
potentially catastrophic global developments. Our collective cultural minds seem so intent on the contemplation of navels that we cannot simply look
There used to be a time when the nightly network news mattered. Esteemed, grandfatherly anchors brought the world into our living-rooms and we cared.
While vietnam divided us, it do so with intelligence and dignity compared to the slacker anarchy-loving protesters of today's era holding protests
simply because they can.
Even here, where some of us attempt to discuss the influences and factors that have brought about our moment in history, we find an overwhelming
increase in the need for posturing, ego, and slacker anarchy-loving children disrupting discussion simply because they can.
As a culture, we've given up. Liberty is an antiquated concept many of us cannot fathom, because, amazingly enough, most of us have never really
So my dear friends, I have two questions for the forum:
1- Do we deserve liberty?
2- Is sustained liberty even possible?