September 22, 2015

The Path to Individual Freedom

In my blog The Path, I introduced some ideas about how humans keep trending toward an individual state of freedom. When we consider history from the spiritual perspective, as I have done, patterns begin to become evident. In the past, strong principled leaders were more inclined to allow and even protect average citizens to function in the society more freely. When that happened that community would usually perform better than the unprincipled tyrant enslaving his people and acting in an abusive fashion. The unprincipled tyrant quite frequently meets a dastardly end, too. Situations such as these, found throughout history, create the basis of my argument.

Individual Freedom

King John signing Magna Carta, 1215CE.

As we progress in history we persistently move towards principles and systems of individual freedom. As humans move up through history we have grasped the idea of individual liberties, we make a push, successes occur and then we relax and fall into tyrannical systems only to rise up again and recover our liberty. This cycle happens over and over again. Quite frequently, with the rise comes another expansion.

The Magna Carta to Individual Freedom

The Magna Carta is perfect example of the this principle. However, it is true that it was written for the barons to usurp the tyranny of King John in the early 1200’s. Never the less, the document sets up the foundation for the British legal system that later protects the rights of its citizens. And eventually leads to later discussions about Kings as divine or above the rest. And eventually a complete change in western society.

Nearly every doctrine written is directed toward the individual. Certainly the teaching of the important sages, philosophers, and prophets directed the individuals towards these freedoms.  We are supposed to have enough intelligence and responsibility to be self-directed with very limited control from outside ourselves. It is our responsibility to learn the set of guiding principles. Interestingly, each culture has produced these sets of principles, and all are fundamentally similar.

Systems based on virtues like trust, integrity, honesty and charity – always rise out of the mist of history. It is up to us to understand these virtues, embrace them, and protect them. These virtues protect our liberties, not only for ourselves but also for our progeny and our fellows. It is about each of us establishing our place in the scheme of our immediate sphere of influence. It is our responsibility to set the standard, respect the truth, create cooperation and harmony. If each of did this, think about where we would be in society.

Wisdom Guides The Path

We are taught to respect the word, live the truth, find the way, be at peace, seek harmony and on and on. Everywhere you look all the way up to this day these virtues present themselves. The great life coaches still encourage us to believe in self. We must conceive to achieve. It is always about your personal mental attitude. We must wake up, take charge of our cognitive resources understand that the God has created a way for us to make this happen. But it is for us to do. It is our responsibility to secure our individual freedom.

Someone else cannot make it happen for you. When you deliver parts of your responsibility over to someone else you are eliminating little parts of your own liberty. So these are the principles that we must bring back into our discussions and debates. Unfortunately we are handing our birthright away to others who may not actually have your best interests at heart.