Peter Marshall once said, “May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.”
When we look into the multi-colored mirror of reality do we see ourselves as the prime example of what the writers of The United States Constitution had in mind for us or do we find ourselves at odds with ourselves over the way we approach the freedoms that have been won for us over the centuries of blood, sweat and tears of those who have given so much to secure them for us?
In the complex world in which we live today is it even possible to know and understand the freedoms that we are supposed to possess or is every day spent blindly pursuing the things that we want to achieve and to accept and rejecting the things that do not inspire us without any real idea of how things are really supposed to be?
I believe that what we think we know about everything is little more than that which our forebears and our ancestors and our peers have impressed upon us as being true and that we, ourselves, in our own power, have rarely if ever practiced true individualism in trying to observe how things were supposed to work for us when this great country was in its infancy.
Over active ego might challenge us to deny these possibilities about ourselves but in the denying of them are we any closer to the truth of the matter … and does being close to the truth of the matter actually have any value or significance to us as long as we are free to fulfil our cravings for instant gratification and approval of those around us?
I have always wanted to peer into the hearts and minds of those who framed our Constitution but so much time has passed since they completed their work and so many things have changed that I believe it is impossible to understand them any farther than the shreds of evidence they have left to us in various writings …. writings that are subject to misinterpretation, reinterpretation, re-writing and conjecture by people with agendas. Are the experiences we are experiencing today anywhere near what the writers of our freedoms had in mind for us or has the whole thing been convoluted by the passage of time and the fickleness of human hearts?
If this truth about freedom is truth indeed, is that which we now have nothing more or less than a building set upon a foundation of sand?