My dear friend Francesca Demichelis asked me to share this wonderful piece she wrote recently.I feel fortunate to have friends and co-workers with such bright minds and sensitive insights.
Enjoy reading about "it is what it is, you only have to be willing to see it".
Thanks Francesca and happy Birthday by the way :-)
I'm honestly tired of reading about "new freedoms", "social revolutions", and "the rise of new nomadism". Not because they do not exist, but because we have come to rename any recent social or economic change linking it with a so-called "need of freedom".
Freedom is freedom.
As Shakespeare used to say about roses, Freedom with another name would still have the same strength, the same value, and the same "fragrance".
I am not saying we shouldn't value those social or economic events for what they are, but exactly the opposite. Giving them another name, another "definition" is a risk to downgrade them to something less important than a claim for a Universal Right.
The question we should all ask ourselves is: how much does my "freedom" really cost to me and to others?
The definition of Freedom is the possibility of exerting the right to be, to speak up, to pray any God, to vote, to be safe in your own house, to be respected from others, establish our residence where best suits us....oh, yeah, a lot of rights!
But don't our rights stop where someone else's rights start?
So...if I'm getting the whole Freedom Concept right, we either pray for complete anarchy...(a shortcut to tyranny) or we do need a set of "rules" to balance our right to be free with our duty to respect everyone else's freedom
Being against Anarchy myself, I would say that I obviously prefer the second option...or do I??
In a perfect world, a perfect society would have perfect governance and perfect abiding citizens to universal accepted rules.
Yet, we live in an imperfect world: rules favoring some, and countries with stricter definitions of rights and duties...
We talk sooooo much about what's missing here, or there. I fear we do miss what is already in place.... and we don't even bother to check!
Who controls the controllers?
And when a "scandal" explodes (like the recent “Dataleak”), do we really realize we DID choose those same people we are now so eager to lapidate??
Any time we purchase something, we walk around the street, we drive, we make a call, we watch television, ….somewhere someone knows about it.
I’m not talking about a modern version of the Orwell “1984”’s world.
It is more subtle.
And as effective, of course.
Those of you following a Tv Series called “Person of Interest”, know what I mean.
Our modern world feeds our need for “protection” for our inextricable rights, with a “safety net” made with cameras, electronic controls, and satellites; watching our every moves and listening to our words, analyzing them, recording them….
Are we really so naive to think that only a few amongst us are under scrutiny?
How could governments, banks, social securities, and even corporates know what we do and how if the information where not stored and (sometimes) sold to help them out?
The cost of our “freedom” is the cost involved in this so-called “security”
The cost of our “security” is the limitation of our own freedom, in order to provide control on other’s behavior….
A snake eating its own tail, I would say….
Now one thing should be clear to all: we consciously, or unconsciously, willingly gave up part of our liberty to protect our freedoms.
By signing up on a bank account, we authorize the bank itself to keep track of our financials, for both our and their “safety”.
By deciding to set up security cameras in our buildings, we all agree that the recorded information will be stored somewhere, in order to be used, if needed.
When we use our credentials to enter our company’s intranet, to purchase online, to share pictures or thoughts on social networks….every single time we leave a track, like a fingerprint.
The use and/or abuse of all this is what matter the most. And that’s where the real cost of it comes from.
The most amazing thing…is that Freedom itself is a totally subjective concept.
According to Maslow’s scale, no one would give up its fundamental needs in order to fulfill a higher scope (a higher need). So how could we justify so many artists, living in the streets to pursue their dreams? Hunger strikes in overcrowded jails? Entire crowds murdered because of a Human Right sit in?
I don’t know…my childish sense of injustice is screaming in my head right now. The more we claim about our rights, the more we are willing to renounce to them or, even worse willing to deny them to others…
Why is it soooo hard to live together?
Why do we make it so complicated?
Freedom is first of all within us.
In our minds, free to think.
In our hearts, free to love….and to hate.
Maybe the hardest thing of all, is to learn to be free…for real.
And to learn how to respect each others freedom’s to be different.