I had strings, But now I'm free, There are no strings on me...
Different people and communities have varying definitions and thoughts on the concept of freedom. Some view freedom from a political sense, some from a social perspective, others explore it with personal independence in mind, and some define it from a religious point of view. The undertone in all these perspectives is the notion that all desire to be free from something. Some of the desires include; financial stability, emotional stability, companionship, a partner, belonging, etc. The commonality in all these desires is a drive to eradicate turmoil in life.
People seek sustainability in various ways, but the truth is that it is impossible to achieve sustainability without being consistent. Being consistent comes from going towards one aim: an aim that is guaranteed to be enduring. The issue is, how is one guided to this truth? There has to be a guide in existence whose purpose and meaning leads you to the truth. The guide has to be selfless and promote a selfless nature to discover the truth in its unchanged form. If one is selfish, one might find the truth and change it to suit one’s desires, and at that moment, the truth ceases to be true. In an existence where free will exists, this is the issue, as one can choose to be selfless or selfish. However, free will is integral in facilitating willing interactions within and outside self.
So if one can distort the truth: how will it be discovered? Truth is part of existence itself and therefore exists in its unchanged form. That is why it is stable, sustainable, and consistent. On its own, nature thrives, especially without interference, as its existence is the truth. Truth is the ground of all existence and is stored, in existence, for everyone to access. What one does with that knowledge is dependent on them. The common theme in the desires is that people want nothing that barres them from living. They even try and gain power with control over existence itself to achieve this. Humanity does not adapt to nature; they try to force it to adapt to them. Nature starts to die as we impose our notions of meaning and purpose on it.
Existence is for all and caters for all. People try to gain a sense of freedom using power with control. Power with control always hurts existence; it hurts you and others. The consequences are a way of showing us that power with control; is not the way to achieve freedom. The question is, what exactly is freedom? Freedom is defined as the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants and to most, it entails doing whatever one desires. The issue in doing whatever one desires: is never the desire itself but understanding the motive that fuels it. For most, desires and motives are not in their conscious awareness, yet they act on them. Why do I want or do something? To answer this question, one needs to explore, objectively, their internal existence. The answer can help one identify the origin of their desires and motives.
To explore your internal existence objectively, you need a selfless guide to the truth. Love, which at its core is selfless, will guide your exploration of your internal existence and show you the truth. The state of one’s internal existence can only lean on two categories, going against the ultimate truth or journeying towards it. Truth is meaning and purpose as it is without being changed. Changing meaning and purpose is evil, and its acceptance, the way it is, is good. Morality is born from these two choices, and this is why it is key to human existence. Accepting this means giving up power with control and following the guide, which most people dislike. To follow the guide means abandoning certain beliefs, a process that can be painful due to the notion that freedom is a lack of turmoil. Following the guide to the truth does not guarantee a lack of pain, suffering, loss, or abandonment. To many, this is still turmoil, which is not the freedom sought when the aim is to eradicate turmoil.
People desire to be free from turmoil and worry but don’t want to explore why there is worry in the first place. One is worried when there is no assurance of sustainability. Humanity has tried to create security through internal and external structures. However, the systems are not sustainable as they are not grounded on truth and become random. Power with control cannot sustain you; it keeps you in a state of randomness. Since reality is not breaking down as we speak, it is not random. Its foundation is truth, and if one rejects truth, they eventually reject existence. The contradiction can happen in various ways; people can deny existence by creating a bubble around them that thrives on distorted information, knowledge, and beliefs such as we can create from nothing. The bubble built often revolves around rules that emanate from humanity themselves. That’s why you often find truth associated with the masses instead of existence itself. Such bubbles often pop, as they lack sustainability, which leads people to despair.
Distorted beliefs such as we can create from nothing give a false sense of power with control. Such a belief puts you in a position where one can reject parts of existence even with contradicting views. For example, we can create from nothing means that one puts themselves to some degree a god, but due to that very belief, one can reject the concept of a God by stating one can create God from nothing. One can also believe that they give meaning and purpose to things, from nothing, which again makes anything possible, yet existence shows us this is not the case. Existence has a path it follows that is true. Grass grows; the grass never walks as it is not in its meaning and purpose; it is not its truth. If anything is possible, then the grass would have walked by now and at that moment would cease to be grass, although that would be assuming that the grass would ever express itself in such randomness. Where anything is possible, there are no rules, where there are no rules, there are no aims and paths, then things can be random: if things are random, then meaning can be scattered, and if so, there can’t be truth and life. Life needs truth as it grounds meaning and purpose as it is unshakable.
Such beliefs allow people to assign value to objects, creating a hierarchy system based on value. For example, people will pay more for a guitar owned by a celebrity than for the exact make of the guitar at a store. The guitar value is not in its existence but the group. It has value to people because many people have said it is valuable. A system builds around this, and viola people believe they can attribute value to things. The value system affects people, where someone will be more valued than another. Even with consequences like; the rise of suicide, lack of internal value, changing one’s appearance, pretences in internal and external existence, we avoid the problem. We avoid it by offering reasons and explanations that complexify the issue since we are not looking for the truth but are sieving through the vast amount of information without a guide. We notice the problem but give a lie as the explanation: extracting solutions from it that do not endure when implemented.
If we were to look at our current age: people term aspects like morality as being created from nothing. It gives rise to one stating that morality is a human creation and people can subjectively make morals.
That is why categories like objective and subjective morality have been vocalized and accepted: giving rise to a prevalent belief that morality holds you back and that one is free when one gives in to their desires. We try and hold onto morality in our structures, morals that we try and extract from consequences. Objective morality does not hold you back; it grounds your existence. The denial of morals does not allow one to do whatever one wants: it starts to kill your meaning as you begin to live randomly. Morality is a compass that tells you where you are going, towards good or evil; it is the truth from and of existence.
There is no liberation when one gives in to greed, it gives one a sense of power with control over one’s existence, but the truth is that one loses touch with their meaning and purpose because there is nothing to guide one to it. In actuality, one is bound to lose control of self and end up doing things randomly, but it’s never enough to satisfy you as there is no constant, even in what you want. Doing things randomly; means that even when you hurt yourself, you will not know because you get detached from yourself. It is hard to know when you have rejected the guide that reflects your internal state. It won’t matter how long it takes, but when one gives in to greed and rejects love, one will 100% end up hurting others and 100% end up hurting yourself.
Chasing power and control is enticing as it feels like you have found something sustainable. The feeling one feels when you have power with control is euphoria: the issue is that it won’t be consistent as when something threatens the power with control, the feeling goes away. You are left feeling unsatisfied and empty and end up trying to look for power with control in randomly diverse ways. Why is there a lack of satisfaction if you have achieved what you want, why need more, how come it is never enough? Because one is not grounded, such ways mean that you will practice power with control, no matter what, even if it means hurting others and yourself in the process. These are consequences, and consequences cannot exist if there is no truth. If there was no truth thus morality, then one can do whatever they want, and there would be no such thing as consequences. If there are consequences to those actions, then why not question them? Because it would mean facing yourself and seeing the truth of what you have become. Because the truth is simple, truth is what, who, or something is, even, in a particular moment.
People go the distance when they do not want to face themselves, even going as far as trying to be someone else, rejecting their meaning. However, trying to be something you are not; hurts your meaning, your existence. You live a lie thinking you are okay, but the internal struggles that persist show you that you are a shadow of what you can be: if you allowed yourself to be grounded. People are scared of seeing who they are because when they do, it is judgment. Judgment is the truth of what one has done and the consequences it bears: the implications on not only existence but your meaning and purpose. Someone fears judgment as it shows them who they are and how far they have strayed from their meaning and purpose. Judgement is not something to fear but something to be embraced that takes you closer to your meaning and purpose.
Running away from existence is not freedom; freedom is not power with control but peace. Peace does not mean a lack of suffering, pain, hurt, loss, or abandonment. Existence cannot guarantee the absence of all this as there is free will. Until every single being chooses to love and be grounded in truth, there will always be suffering and pain. It is the truth of our current state. Peace does not change and is consistent through everything no matter what emotion you have because peace is not an emotion; it is a state of an internal existence, where you know and have accepted the truth. Accepting the truth gives peace because you know it will never change. You will have finally been grounded, like a tree. The deeper your roots, the less likely your existence will be affected. One becomes unshakable no matter what one goes through, and truth grounds you permanently, and this is freedom.