“Freedom is a state of mind, I said wondering where I’d heard it before, not a state of being. We are all slaves to gravity and morality and the vicissitudes of nature. Our genes govern us much more than we’d like to think. Our bodies can not know absolute freedom but our minds can, can at least try.”
― Walter Mosley,
To have an active imagination is to always be free. It also enables us to enlarge our happiness and exaggerate our fears. From moment to moment, we make choices – whether to focus on the positive or to dwell on the negative. Both these things are always present, always waiting, always screaming, “Pick me! Pick me!” Never forget the parable of the two wolves. Nourish the good to bring more of it your way.
“Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose…” My mother once said, “Don’t let your possessions possess you.” Seems to me, that’s what Janis is singing about – and in the end, we can’t “possess” one another, either.
But having said that, it’s not a bad thing to trade a little “freedom” for love, family, and home.
“And freedom, oh freedom well, that’s just some people talkin’
Your prison is walking through this world all alone”
Senseless conventions and expectations of strangers, on the other hand… Let’s just say that this is the only life we’re guaranteed, so we ought to make the most of it and allow others the freedom to do the same. Short of hurting others, we should all want to break free of the traditions that don’t serve us well.
“I want to break free…”
Now, tell me, in the comments – aside from the word freedom, what do these three videos have in common?