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Session: Are We Free?
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To what extent do we have control over our own lives?
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"What is freedom?"
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What is freedom?

In life, the concept of freedom is frequently discussed. It may be easy for one to confuse freedom with other aspects of living (like money, society, moral, etc.). One thing to consider when discussing any topic is the layer of perspective being applied. In reality, as beings living within any society, we willingly submit to aspects of life where our “free will” is limited (examples are easy: marriage (limits potential spouses to a single spouse in most modern societies), rental/ownership contracts (binding us to places and things for extended periods of time), phone/internet/cable/satellite/other common communication/entertainment systems/services/platforms (contracts to these willingly bind us to the materials provided on these technological marvels)).
In modern society, the human mind is surrounded by things designed to influence or control our thoughts, this is well known. Yet, even though this is known - what is one to do? Well, there are a few things that can be done. 1. Stop allowing the news to create an artificial sense of urgency/uneasiness in your life. 2. Take a larger perspective when complaining about contracts binding us (if we were free of contracts we would be a truly free people, but realistically - humanity has developed contracts to “control “ things. This level of control has been present for so long humanity may have forgotten what life could be like in societies not based on money. Actually, we don’t need money. We need freedom of thought.

 

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"Destructive and irresponsible freedom is boundless"
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Destructive and irresponsible freedom is boundless

Destructive and irresponsible freedom has been granted boundless space. Society appears to have little defense against the abyss of human decadence, such as, for example, misuse of liberty for moral violence against young people, motion pictures full of pornography, crime and horror.

It is considered to be part of freedom and theoretically counter-balanced by the young people's right not to look or not to accept. Life organized legalistically has thus shown its inability to defend itself against the corrosion of evil.
The defense of individual rights has reached such extremes as to make society as a whole defenseless against certain individuals. It is time, in the West, to defend not so much human rights as human obligations.
 

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This is the opinion of Alexander Solzhenitsyn
"Our lives are comfortable but we don’t have freedom of thought or action"
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Our lives are comfortable but we don’t have freedom of thought or action

“In fact,” said Mustapha Mond, “you’re claiming the right to be unhappy.” “All right then,” said the Savage defiantly, “I’m claiming the right to be unhappy. Not to mention the right to grow old and ugly and impotent; the right to have syphilis and cancer; the right to have too little to eat; the right to be lousy; the right to live in constant apprehension of what may happen tomorrow; the right to catch typhoid; the right to be tortured by unspeakable pains of every kind.” There was a long silence. “I claim them all, said the Savage at last.

“By means of ever more effective methods of mind-manipulation, the democracies will change their nature; the quaint old forms — elections, parliaments, Supreme Courts and all the rest — will remain.
The underlying substance will be a new kind of totalitarianism. All the traditional names, all the hallowed slogans will remain exactly what they were in the good old days. Democracy and freedom will be the theme of every broadcast and editorial.
Meanwhile the ruling oligarchy and its highly trained elite of soldiers, policemen, thought-manufacturers and mind-manipulators will quietly run the show as they see fit.
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
 

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This is the opinion of Aldous Huxley
"We live in a security and surveillance state"
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We live in a security and surveillance state

The machinery of the security and surveillance state, the use of special terrorism laws and the stripping of civil liberties become ubiquitous. The lofty rhetoric of liberty and the reality of the chains readied for the public creates magic realism. Reality and the language describing reality are soon antipodal. The pseudo-democracy is populated with pseudo-legislators, pseudo-courts, pseudo-journalists, pseudo-intellectuals and pseudo-citizens. Nothing is as it is presented.

The kleptocrats have placed all citizens under surveillance. This is by design. They sweep up our email correspondence, tweets, web searches, phone records, file transfers, live chats, financial data, medical data, criminal and civil court records and information on movements. They do this in the name of the war on terror… They have set up surveillance cameras, biosensors, scanners and face recognition technologies in public and private places to obliterate our anonymity and our privacy. They are watching us constantly. And when a government watches you constantly you cannot use the word “liberty.” The people’s relationship to government is that of slave to master.
Chris Hedges, March 2017

 

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This is the opinion of Chris Hedges
"We are controlled by a worldwide perception management program"
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We are controlled by a worldwide perception management program

Many years ago, I'm 66, I came to know that our lives, everything we do, everything we see and hear, and everything we, as "individuals" do, is the result of a worldwide long entrenched, and still being honed, perception management program.
Our dreams are infected as well.
Facebook, Twitter, and all such interactive Internet programs are portals through which we are manipulated and managed. The realization of the extent of this insidious control mechanism has yet to be widely known, and may never be sufficiently known to cause a wholesale stepping back from this abyss.
We live now under the yoke of a corporate / military / industrial alliance, one that swung into high gear about four decades ago, so successful even they themselves are amazed.
Anyone who fails to see it is deluded, and allowing themselves to be deluded.
This election year is shaping up to be the first serious attack on this organized destruction of individualism, which is why the establishment is pushing so hard for Hillary.
Sanders is the general leading us in this great battle, one we cannot afford to lose.
Social Media comment, May 22, 2016

 

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What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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