My sister gave me one of those calendars that give you a thought for the day and a verse. The one for Monday said "There are two freedoms --- the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; and the true, where a man is free to do what he ought." (Kingsley)
The false: A very self centered freedom. Me. My way. What I want, need right now. The consequences be damned. No true right or wrong. A whole wide range of grey area. Free to cause pain and wreck havoc. Leading up to a wide path of destruction behind and a very rude awakening in the end. A heavy load of extra burdens to drag along as a result. Ending in regret, disappointment.
The true: Freedom based in caring and morality. Kind. Compassionate. Brave. What's best for me and everyone involved. Doesn't go against my conscience, heritage, the law or the Bible. Pretty much black and white. Leaving behind everything a little better than it was before, looking forward to a prize. Fond memories and feeling of accomplishment to carry with you. Your worth recognized by those who know you. A satisfied mind. A content soul.
Maybe it's just me....but seems that the false kind is what is prevalent here in America today. It's the driving force behind so many hot button political issues. It's wrapped up in high divorce rates, fraud, greed, pornography, and many other ills. A cheap imitation of real freedom.
So, I've thought about it and now I leave you to think about it.
In other news, Paul has done it again!! Posted the links for CarnivAOL, that is. I submitted the previous entry. And there are a number of others of all various shapes and sizes. Exercise your freedom to browse and read this week.
And somehow, Paul and I got to discussing laundry via e-mail. How hard it can be to keep up with it and all of that. And that got me wondering:
Where do you go to get clean clothes to put on, most often?
Leave an answer in the comments or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) one and I'll post the results.