January 13, 2011
Better than freedom?
/‘lɪbərti/ Spelled [lib-er-tee] freedom from external or foreign rule; independence.
freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice.
I was going to write about fantasies tonight, but that’s not where my mind wandered. Instead, I thought about liberty today. It was a good topic considering Liberty is one of the main theme’s of “Dolly”. Liberty is the single greatest right we, as humans, possess. It’s the also the most disregarded right.
Lisa longs for freedom from the under-achieving, unsupportive, and depressing trailer park where she grew up. College is more than just a dream of success. College means freedom.
But freedom and liberty are two different things. A slave can be released from slavery, but do they exercise their right to liberty? Can one living in slavery excercise liberty? Can one choose to be free from the restraints of the world, even when shackled in chains of expectations and responsibilities?
If Lisa breaks away from the darkness that is her life, will she learn to exercise liberty? Or will her past keep her chained to a life of disappointment?
I’m not sure yet. I suppose that’s why I’m struggling with the ending. There are still questions that I need to answer. So, I will conclude this post with this question? Do you exercise your liberty? Do you consciously make choices, or do you let the winds of fate drag you around?
I value my Liberty. So much, that I tattooed it on my foot. (Excuse the bruises and ink smears. This was taken right after we finished.)
I think I’ll write more about this later. I have a novel to write.