Humans may not fly like a bird, but we can fly through our dreams and reach unimaginable heights when realizing what we set ourselves for.
We can do that because we are born free, and are the masters of our destiny.
But maybe freedom still is the biggest dream, or fear, of humankind.
Forgive me if this post is not an inspirational one, because what is moving me to write today is instead, a feeling of unrest.
Unrest, because in fact, freedom is not yet enjoyed by everyone on this planet. Currently, in some parts of the world, there still exists slavery, human trafficking, child labor, dictators and authoritarian rulers, and some are even ‘democratically’ elected.
Unrest, because I watch with concern the increase of populist, far-right governments in the western ‘free’ world, followed by divisionary opinions and beliefs on matters like Brexit, migration, climate change, and even adoption of theories like a flat world, and denial of the evolution theory.
This unrest has been building up for a while, because it is inescapable to not be present on social media, passively or actively, without being exposed to some trolls, who can be a president, a politician, a common citizen, a journalist, or your neighbour, attacking anyone who disagrees with them, and unfortunately, stalking, harassing, and disseminating lies and fake news, spiced up with hatred, racism, xenophobia, and some more hate.
And what makes it disheartening is to realize that people like that have followers, who choose to follow these ideas.
What motivates them? Will it be fear of freedom and responsibility, thus delegating it to rulers, as the French thinker Étienne de la Boétie explained it in the year 1549 in his “Discourse of Voluntary Servitude” – one of the most vibrant essays ever written on freedom?
That, above all, has made me increasingly restless and concerned.
Have you been too? What are your thoughts?