The only way to deal with an unfree world
is to become so absolutely free
that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
Become absolutely free! Sounds good, but how?
The news is filled with unfreedom. From the economic downturn to the prisoners at Guantanamo to the plight of the Tamils in Sri Lanka to the abused children in Catholic Irish reform schools and many more around us. In essence, the source of this unfreedom is our fear of the unknown, our attachment to our illusions and our entitlements, our needs for power, prestige, and possession.
How do I respond to these events? How do I live in freedom in this "unfree world?" Here's where the Psalms help me big time: "Turn to me, and I will turn to you... Seek peace and pursue it... The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want..."
And the Good News? We are already free. Jesus' love for ALL has freed us from the tyranny of this world. He gave his life to get us back into the fold. We are ransomed! All we need to do is to fully and totally accept that We. Are. Free.
How about you? What beliefs, ideas, opinions imprison you? What needs to happen in your life for you to "become absolutely free?"
Which of you desires life,
and covets many days to enjoy good?
Keep your tongue from evil,
and your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace, and pursue it.