…DENIAL OF FREEDOM

This blog title: “…Denial of Freedom” popped out at me in an Agatha Christie thriller set in World War II entitled: “N or M?” This happens to me from time-to-time: words that bend forward from a page in a book. What I’ve discovered is these words matter to me and I like sharing them with others. So, here we are—Agatha’s words and me.

                DENIAL: disclaimer, disagreement, defiance…

                                          FREEDOM: liberty, self-determination, sovereignty…

The irony of this particular phrase is that the meaning never changes. We experience the denial of freedom in the everydayness of our lives. We war with families; neighborhoods; cities; states; countries; politically and religiously. We unknowingly deny some freedoms in order to save others we love (or perhaps need?). I find this situation to be a true oxymoron: like “wise fool” or “legal murder.”

Yet, I still love this conundrum (mystery) of the human condition. For example, am I, even in this moment, effortlessly surrendering a freedom? I can’t answer my own question until later, when I…