Total freedom has been a dream for the everyday man. The more he chases however, the farther it appears to be. This chase towards total freedom can be said to be as old as man himself. It wasn’t just from the point where slavery or jailing began. Freedom does not refer to the lack of physical constraints alone. A man who is not a physical slave to another man, or who is not a prisoner, can still be a slave to an idea or a belief. Mental slavery may well be the very worst form of slavery. What limits the individual lies in his own head.
And those are not the only things we try to break free from. There are others like financial bondage, toxic relationships that we can’t easily walk away from, jobs that kill us, parents/societies that won’t let us live out our dreams and a lot more.
Until the wants of man become satiable, man will never be truly free. This battle to be free is not really something that only begins from when a child can think. It begins from when the ovum is fertilized by an ambitious sperm cell that is happy to break free from the ball sac prison.
The Fight Before Life Begins
It is in search of freedom – unquantifiable willpower – that the ovum falls out with its ovary and falls off from it. It swims through the thick and thin of the fallopian tube. There, that sperm cell that scampers for safety from the heat of the epididymis meets the ovum and they land safely inside the uterus. Uniting in their common quest for freedom, they become an embryo.
The quest for freedom suffers a hiccup as the umbilical cord, in conjunction with the placenta, traps the embryo in the uterus. The heat in the uterus, the not-so-spacious nature of the uterus, and the occasional spanks from the host to pass across pieces of information make life in the uterus very discomforting.
The embryo passes through so many developmental stages. When it becomes strong enough to break through the shackles of the placenta, umbilical cord and the cervix, it escapes into the world.
The Fight After Life Has Begun
On arrival, the child observes that his freedom hasn’t been attained. He has been born into the tutelage of his parents; hence, the cry for freedom. With time, he will get to know he is even lucky to have his parents. Many are not.
With the parents, the child is not free to do whatever he wants. Regimented life becomes the order of the day. There is a time to eat, go to school, worship, and play, interact and sleep. The quest for freedom continues. But again, does he know he is having it easy?
Eventually, the child turns into a man – after enduring and luckily winning the battles teens fight against the demons of adolescence. Next, he packs out of his parents’ home. After conquering the fears of losing the woman of his dream like the many he had been with, he gets married and they bear kids.
He feels freedom will be attained after doing all of these things. Responsibilities creep in, he is unable to meet most of the demands of his small family because of government policies, strangulated economies and the insatiable needs of the family members. And because we can’t always be lucky.
His aged parents compound his precarious situation. They need and demand financial support, proper health care and they long to spend time with their grandkids. His wife’s relatives always beckon on him for same.
His job does not spare him either and the world has become too little for him to hide himself from his many problems. The eyes of the society are fixed on him and on his every move. He looks to run away from work early. When he can finally leave, he is scared to go back home too.
The Counsel on Total Freedom
Amidst all of these, he is still hellbent on being free from the thoughts of what his life has become since he has run out of luck. So he takes to the bottles and loses his sense of responsibility. He has now become a slave to the drinks. Now he has to fight for freedom from alcoholism.
Even if he takes his own life, will the freedom he has always hoped to attain in this world exist in the world beyond? Will he rest when he knows that act will probably kill his beloved parents? Won’t that make life a lot more difficult for his wife and kids that he so badly loves?
Luckily, he does not think so. He finds the counsel of a sane mind who makes him realise total freedom is a mirage we chase from cradle to grave. The wise one makes him understand one can’t truly win every battle for freedom. One must choose which to fight and which to only manage.