DO FREE MINDS HAVE FREE LIVES?
Do free minds have free lives? I’m a little wishy washy on my answer to this question! Literal definitions sometimes hold me back.
WHAT IS A FREE MIND?
A Thought For Today describes a free mind this way, “A free mind is a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing. Most people spend much of their time looking for reasons to be offended. An open mind is never offended because it is free of any attachments.”
Can a mind really be free of attachments? I often have to tell myself to move away from perfectionism and look at the big picture. The more we move away from attachments, the less judgement there is and I think also, the less self-criticism there is.
The way I see it, the world is making a move towards the left in general, more open thinking, more freedom. However, this will happen in stages and most likely in baby steps, with setbacks (Donald Trump). I feel this stage of worrying so much about being offensive will pass and people will be better for it, more aware that it is not okay to hurt others with what we say and do.
We need minds to think outside of their boxes and become freer thinking, in order to end the injustices we are now experiencing worldwide.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE FREE IN LIFE?
Being free is the ability to do whatever you want without limitations or controls (theodysseyonline.com). Here, I think those of us living in the western world are truly blessed. I BELIEVE THIS … you/I/we are free to do as we please, be as we please, look as we please, act as we please, say what we please. That is, AS LONG AS WE ARE NOT HURTING ANYONE ELSE IN THE PROCESS! I came to this realization while trying to make some sense out of my husband’s suicide. He was free to end his life if that is what he wanted, but did he consider the way his actions would HURT OTHERS? To me, freedom will always be limited by this factor.
NO ONE IS FREE while experiencing oppression, suppression or marginization.
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND FREE MINDS/LIVES
PRIDE, #METOO, EQUAL RIGHTS, BLM, UBI, END THE STIGMA, all are movements aiming for more freedom in people’s lives. All aiming to free people’s minds from restriction, move them out of the boxes they think in. Did you read End Oppression With One Thought? There are things that LINK HUMAN KIND! If all human beings began treating each other the way they themselves want to be treated, eventually free minds would have free lives.
A COUPLE QUICK DEFINITIONS
Your mind includes the faculties of consciousness, imagination, perception, thinking, intelligence, judgement, language and memory.
Life is the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and CONTINUAL CHANGE PRECEDING DEATH.
CONTINUAL CHANGE PRECEDING DEATH
There it is!!! The key to FREE MINDS HAVING FREE LIVES! Continual change is happening. It cannot, not happen. Social movements, setbacks to freedoms, periods of oppression, periods of obsession, cancel culture, PRIDE, BLM, all working to move us towards freer minds. Freer minds moving towards equal, freer lives … given time!
Freedom brought on by equality, will also lead to improved wellness, individually and as a society. Stress is a major factor in illness. In main stream medicine, the Important Mind–Body Connection is finally being made. This will eventually mean more recognition of how the stress of inequity, leads to sickness. If people are starving, they are not healthy. While people are being dismissed, society is not healthy. If all of mankind is not free, how can society as a whole be healthy?
THE WHISHY WASHY PART
In my introduction, I said that my answer to this question is a little wishy washy. Do free minds have free lives? Yes and No!
The two statements I made above … really say it all.
We need minds to think outside of their boxes and become freer thinking, in order to end the injustices we are now experiencing worldwide. AND …NO ONE IS FREE while some are experiencing oppression, suppression or marginization.
As a society, I am optimistic about the future. But at the moment, when it comes to FREEDOM, WE FAIL!