“What you represent to them, is freedom. Oh, yeah, that’s right. That’s what’s it’s all about, all right. But talkin’ about it and bein’ it, that’s two different things. I mean, it’s real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. Of course, don’t ever tell anybody that they’re not free, ‘cause then they’re gonna get real busy killin’ and maimin’ to prove to you that they are. Oh, yeah, they’re gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it’s gonna scare ‘em” - Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider.
Yesterday I took this shot and asked @joshua___daniel to help me out and draw something about freedom to put over it. He not only came up with exactly what I had in mind, but he did it better, and he even alluded to something that has been on my mind a lot lately.
Something addressed in the aforementioned film, Easy Rider, is that true freedom can only be attained if we are free of fear. What @joshua___daniel pointed out is that we have the choice to be afraid, so we are “Free to Fear”. In the end, we need to let that fear go, because we are really not in control of what happens to us anyway. Once we let go of our fear, we have the chance to experience true freedom.
As much as I want to say this is where it ends…I know that’s not true. What becomes even more important on days like this is how we respond. This is not about politics. This is about humans and the incredible stories that were cut short or completely rewritten today. This isn’t about revenge. This is about our ability to love and support those in need. Not even those just affected by Boston, people everywhere. I pray that this isn’t just another tragedy that gets forgotten once CNN stops its spin and that we see our country begin to care for each other.
I will be suspending anything to do with promoting the free for all at least for the rest of today. There are more important things happening.