"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion." (albert camus)
I stumbled across this quote the other day and thought, "We're all in shackles...of one sort or another...we're all bound." Bound by our should's, our shouldn'ts, our belief systems, our assumptions, our boxes, our family upbringings, our misgivings, our philosophies, our religions. We're all imprisoned.
How do we become truly free and more importantly, how do we release our judgements and allow others the same luxury to simply be who they are?
Political campaigns, posturing, positioning, commercials, right, left, then, now...at the end of the day, who gives a shit? I mean, really. Don't we all basically want the same things? The opportunity to love and to be loved. The ability to take care of our families. To wear a red shirt if it tickles our fancy or to kiss a woman, if I'm a man...or a woman.
I'm exhausted by the fact that we live in the "freest" country on the face of the earth, but because we're so entrenched in our own boxes (thinking that makes us safer)...we've bound ourselves tighter than we could have imagined.
Let's give ourselves permission to first rebel, ultimately to live and simultaneously, afford our neighbor the same opportunity...we might all feel a little closer to free.