Freedom from oppression? Uh, no.
What do China and Leavenworth federal penitentiary have in common? Answer…most everyone in each place would like to get out. Well, that’s probably true about China. But Leavenworth? Hmm…I’m not so sure the inmates feel the need for freedom from oppression in prisons anymore. In fact, I’m sure there are plenty of them who prefer the security of all their needs being met. But maybe that’s just me. And maybe I’m wrong. That happened to me once before.
Freedom from oppression is not the same as peace.
China and Leavenworth both have a fair amount of daily “peace” going on. As long as you don’t rock the boat in those places, you can live your daily life in relative peace. But there’s no freedom. And true lovers of liberty would gladly trade their peaceful existence, in prison or under tyrannical governments, for freedom.
America was founded on the principles of freedom. Freedom from…and freedom to.
Freedom from religious oppression and tyrannical leaders. Freedom to assemble, speak, bear arms, etc. And our freedoms are often the tools would-be tyrannical leaders use against us. It’s ironic but true.
As a writer, I’m thankful for the freedom I still have (at least for now) to express myself. Like I am right now. And it’s awesome to be able to compose, arrange, and produce songs for my own pleasure, for businesses, and for audiences.
But I’m just like anybody else. I’ve taken my freedom for granted. And that’s the enigma of freedom. It makes a free people lackadaisical about how and why they’re free. So, they begin to assume and believe freedoms will never be taken away. But if history teaches us anything, and for most people it never does, it’s that freedoms CAN be taken away.
And they’re being taken from us right now. From under our very noses, as we bury them in our digital devices.
But maybe the oppressors just wanna take a little.
Yeah, that’s just how it works.
Turn a blind eye to the jerks
Who just want a piece of your life and your peace
And maybe a few of the perks.
Grab some Merch
Or how about some music for kids