reply to post by Misoir
Misoir this is a point which I have pondered at length at different times in life, under assorted circumstance. I found the outcome/answer may change
as the variables of life that surround us at a given time affect the results.
Once I worked in a small foods store owned by a man who would wash his hands in the most hot water. He wanted to have his hands as germ-free as
possible when making sausage or serving deli foods.
Asking him how he could stand such terribly hot water he told me: "It doesn't matter how hot the water is. What matters is if you mind." He learned
& understood life lessons needed to have discipline which allowed him to do things many others are not capable of. Understanding of perspective, self
awareness and implementation of action may start one on the path to freedom.
The most important lesson I learned that enabled my freedom was shared by a man that devoted his life to the wellness of others. It is contained
within the writings of William Shakespeare (below). Here is an excerpt found on enotes.com/ :
Hamlet: What have you, my good friends, deserv'd at the hands of Fortune, that she sends you to prison hither?
Guildenstern: Prison, my lord?
Hamlet: Denmark's a prison.
Rosencrantz: Then is the world one.
Hamlet: A goodly one, in which there are many confines, wards, and dungeons, Denmark being one o' th' worst.
Rosencrantz: We think not so, my lord.
Hamlet: Why then 'tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. To me it is a prison.
Hamlet Act 2, scene 2, 239–251.
The Bards key words: "..there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
On enotes there is also summary analysis of character dialogue. This excerpt is of importance:
"Hamlet is a prisoner of his own thinking, and of his knowledge that his stepfather is a fratricide and his mother incestuous. When he states that
"there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so," he's not indulging in ethical relativism as much as wishing for blissful
ignorance. He's also implicitly damning the naïveté of the king's new yes-men."
Keep in mind this statement is slanted by the variables within the life, experience & education of whomever penned that opinion.
As for my finding freedom, I have found not only freedom but comfort, joy and understanding --- again, all from this piece of Shakespeare:
"..there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
Contemplation of this reflection has allowed me to understand that not only do I hold the keys to unlock all that bound me, I am responsible for
thinking I was shackled to begin with.
It's all in the mind.
Only thinking makes it so.