of the Mind
asks us to think for ourselves,
and not allow others to force their opinions on us. Once we do that,
we see things differently than others, and are in a position to
shape the issues better.
example, the debate on affordable healthcare in the United States
has been so ill-defined by politics that the American people have
lost touch with what it is really all about.
question people should consider (which no one seems to ask despite
the uproar) comes down to this: Will universal healthcare take away
our freedom? Or enhance it?
we more free when we healthy? I think that anyone suffering from
illness would say yes. Are we more free when we don't have to worry
about losing our home through catastrophic illness? Are we a greater
and freer nation when our citizens live happier and healthier lives
due to early treatment and preventative medicine? How could we not?
is always a give and take. Are we more free when our government
builds roads and highways to promote commerce and personal travel?
Of course we are. This is why we have a government designed to be
of, by and for the people. To equate it with tyranny, as if we were
being ruled by a foreign potentate without any representation, is
many of us have assumed the role of speaking the taglines of partisanship.
In this, we fail to be good citizens. We fail freedom because we
stop thinking for ourselves. There is no tyranny in the USA other
than the tyranny of the mind to which many of us willingly surrender.
Who then, you might ask, are the tyrants? Listen for the loudest
voices, the most impassioned pleas and outrageous claims. They are
the ones trying to shape your thoughts and values. Tyranny of the
mind does not come from on top in the form of imperial commands.
It comes from ideologies that seek to control us.
must not be so lazy, so gullible, so easily swayed by the opinions
of others that we relinquish our demands for truth. Without truth,
freedom becomes an empty word.