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Entries in Freedom (2)

Tuesday
Aug062013

When is a national monument not a national monument?

I had the occasion to walk the streets of the city I currently live in with someone who hasn't been here in 30 years. This gave me the opportunity to look at things from a completely different angle. Landmarks that are commonplace to me were suddenly something new and exciting and worthy of note.

This is hardly a revolutionary idea, but when you get so lost in the details and minutia of the life you're living, sometimes it takes a cliche to snap you out of it.

Now, I wouldn't say that I've been snapped out of anything yet, but at least now I can admit to myself that my head isnt' exactly clear. Part of that could definitely be attributed to my upcoming wedding and how there is a bit of a hold put on everything until the big day, but it's also unfair of me to use it as the only reason. There's a lack of focus that I'm experiencing and I haven't been able to pinpoint the true cause of it yet.

I took the same walk I took a couple of days ago, this time alone and I tried to take everything--what I took in with my eyes AND what is floating around inside my head--with a fresh perspective. While not a great success, I can at least be honest with myself in knowing that I have to do something to change my outlook on certain things if I want the current fog to dissipate.

Wednesday
Nov072012

Some streets still go both ways

This time of year, I'm always reminded that our veterans fought and died for our right to not wear the poppy in November.

Freedom is such buzzword in today's world that we tend to forget exactly what it truly means. We can go on and on about how we have so much freedom in our country, but it all falls flat when we start to specify that it only appies to the freedoms that we're comfortable with. I could go on a diatribe about gay rights, equality of the sexes and any other number of double standards that exist in our society, but these topics have been covered by people much more knowledgable than I am.

Because it's November, I'll just say this: people who risk their lives for the freedom of their fellow citizens don't get to decide what we do with it. I wear the poppy in November because I choose to; it's nobody's business why the person next to me on the sidewalk chooses not to.

THAT is what a free society is all about.

/end mini-rant