Freedom Of Unwant

Freedom: The ideal. Freedom from or freedom to? Not having and not wanting, or having and wanting? We escape fear, loneliness and boredom by filling and emptying that void, euphoric at the acquisition and waste our idle minds create.

Stewardship of the physical realm is a role our species took on with our claim to control and dominate that which we touch. The moral and ergonomic society demands a level of co-existence with the natural world. However, want for personal status, pandering to want and gain, we get involved in a tempting carnival and suddenly it becomes plausible that earth was made by GE and straw was invented by Monocorp. People are as crows, led to shiny objects and fans of consistency.

But we are also fickle beasts, our core beliefs still have the bent for tribal and nomadic lifestyles. The old roots come back pretty quick on media gags like Survivor. Yet, as we separate ourselves from our primal upbringing, on a path of culture-based evolution, the old want for nature and spirit teases us. We are also seekers, and look to nature with wonder.

Ask others to appreciate the virtue of your endeavors, and not the gain. People recognize the waste of boredom and tarnish of want. Freedom and responsibility become a balance of two virtues.

Value simple actions, wits over gold. Value peace of mind rather than conquest. The ancients had no clearer message to pass along, etched on the blocks. Their civilizations, their monuments, are inscribed by the motivators of war, conquest and acquisition, driven by people of the past who sought control and domination because of fears. You can see that same character trait in many today.

I can see how free a person is by how much they want. Need is a chain, and I don’t only intend my street level buds, but also the boardroom financial planners who can’t leave the game to join the parade. It’s all a game anyway, the wires, the oxygen, the hot and cold celebrated convenience of master control.
 

Chart 1: Scratch and Scuffle Scale

blowing bling…………………..X………………X………………

needs met………………X…….X………………X………………

dying……………………..X……..X……..X…….X……………….

 

Above we can see four people I know represented on a Scratch and Scuffle Scale. Left to their own devices in a one horse ghost town, two were able to achieve reasonable bling status, three had their needs met, and one is in fact dying. This could be interpreted as a seventy-five percent success rate. I don’t know how you’d interpret freedom on this level. ‘Have’ and ‘have not’ is perspective, responsibility or freedom?

I would gladly exchange the responsibility of being right for the freedom of being wrong.

 

Freedom Of Unwant © 2011 Gaboo. Click Gaboo’s tag for all his stories and observations.

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