The time has come to momentarily place fear aside and declare that we believe that freedom is a universal requirement of all human beings. No matter where you come from or where you live, whoever you are, you fundamentally expect to be free. Throughout all of human history societies and civilizations have forged ahead in pain and sacrifice in order to preserve or have freedom. Today, is a day to remember freedom and that it has a price.
Rules on Freedom
All societies across the world have one main rule regarding freedom. All are free when they respect the life of others. We generally separate people from society when they violate the lives of others. The principle is known as “innocent until proven guilty”. Otherwise, if a person has not caused the death of another, that person is fundamentally allowed free movement according to their resources.
Much of what any of us do is because we are afraid. Many of us learn not to admit we are afraid. We may learn to hold our tongue a certain way out of fear. Avoid certain people because we are afraid. Fear reigns in the hearts of people. That often triggers the creation and maintenance of an environment in which freedom may be restricted to the benefit of those most afraid.
Dying Down the Street
A few weeks ago, there was a single day of ice all over the roads. I was going about that day and had many slips due to twisty windy roads. A few big 18-wheelers missed me by seconds. Nothing to be too concerned about, but had my timing been just a tad different, I could have been dead or suffered broken legs, punctured lungs, etc. Nothing actually happened other minutes of stalled movement. Despite the risks and steadily rising concerns for many that day, most people just kept going on. You can die just walking down the street. We cannot eliminate every single possible source of death and some are more likely to happen to us than others.
Freedom is strongest when it is universally observed for all people. It turns out that freedom and risk go hand in hand. A greater amount of accepted risk comes with more freedom. People who willingly violate rules that jeopardize the ability of others to breath and live, well that is one thing. People, who themselves are just living, well that is another thing altogether. The true price of freedom, unless proven guilty of destroying another, is to accept the free movement of all people regardless of origin or destination.