And in the last analysis it finally comes down to this eh?
Humorous really, even though I'm not laughing.
I see that everyone has drank from the cup of secrets,
searched out the occult knowledge,
plumbed the mysteries,
and now in-the-end
What is the kingdom of the free.
May as well ask where does freedom start
what is the beginning of freedom,
does freedom have meaning.
These questions can be answered,
but there are no answers that are free of controversy.
These questions can be searched and diagramed,
but there are no charts that are free of shifting definitions.
These questions can have meaning,
but there is no mood that will be free of pretending.
If freedom is a crown,
it is a question of where one wears that crown.
A crown is nothing but a band, and a band can be worn
on a finger, one the arm, at the wrist, around the waist, even on the ankles or leg.
Some wear bands from holes in the skin,
some make space within and keep secret bands in their minds, or hearts.
Bands can also be used to bind, depending on how it is applied.
Has anyone heard that a crown is a burden?
So when we ask, "what is the kingdom of the free"
what we might really be saying is "where is the crown without burden."
What ring can I have that not only improves me, but everyone around me.
That weighs nothing to carry, even makes everything better and lighter, where is it?
Since all of this reads as poetry anyway,
consider the fallen angels,
the ones who refused to serve man.
They are no different than emotions.
They are emotions.
Our emotions were intended to serve us, not overwhelm us.
This is how I know the recent film of Mary appearing in the Sun in Africa is dookie.
Divine revelation does not cause hysteria, at most it causes fear or dread.
But more often it causes doubt and uncertainty,
consider Jonah who fled and was swallowed by a fish.
Doubt and uncertainty gives one pause, and space to wrestle one's own
emotions getting them back under control.
Consider Moses who doubted and said "Who shall I say sent me?"
It's a simple question.
Am I being ruled by emotions,
or do my emotions serve me well.
Almost no one can say the latter, but
hardly anyone will admit the former is true.
All of these fallen emotions
that toss us about with their whims
that insist we be their toys, for thousands of years.
Driving peoples, and nations, and kings, and tongs
to do all manner of things which they look back on and regret.
Emotions were made for the heart, and no higher.
They have no business running through the brain, spreading illogic.
Emotions rise from the body, but it is our choice to keep them in the heart
or to fail to have dominion over ourselves let them rule over our every single thought.
What do we think Jesus means when he says Love thy Neighbor, but be wise as serpents.
Consider where Jesus
wears his crown of gold
and behold the kingdom of the free.
"And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and [color=gold]girt about
the paps with a golden girdle."