Posted by: Brad Stanford | October 2, 2013

Freedom Is Scary

Freedom Is downright scary to those who are unfamiliar with it.

Isn’t that the way it is with everything, though? Humans have a natural tendency to be afraid of the unknown.

Whether it’s someone who has cultivated the freedom to base jump, or someone who worships their God freely, or someone who is free to confront evil to its face, we see something…well…abnormal.

The freedom to live without government interference, the freedom to eat what you wish with whom you wish, freedom to live – it as an unfamiliar thing. It’s also the elephant in the room, since everyone wants it in some form.

The truth is, our cultures praise the heroic, the self-starters, and others who have ascended past the culture to grab some adventurous trophy out of the reaches of the enslaved masses.

At the same time, one people group fights hard to put down another people group, thinking that lowering everyone else is the same as ascending to freedom. Of course, that’s ludicrous.

But there’s another reason people want to keep freedom from breaking out: it’s frightening. There are too many assumptions that go along with that to discuss here, but suffice it to say that when your survival depends on others staying enslaved like you, then you will fight to their death, because otherwise, you think it will be yours.

It’s better to assist in sending people out to map new territory than to prevent exploration at all. Because they just might draw a map from where you are to unspeakable joy and contentment.

If that’s what you want, then don’t be afraid of the process of getting there. Welcome it, especially if someone else is willing to do the hard part for you.

“If he gets up, we’ll all get up…it’ll be anarchy!” – Judd Nelson, the Breakfast Club

Is that true, or just a manipulative threat?

Most threats are…


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