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Let Freedom Ring 2017

Originally posted in 2010 I have edited and updated this blog. Mostly though, it carries the same message…

What exactly is freedom? Have you thoroughly considered the meaning of freedom and what the United States stands for? Most of us have to some degree, so let me share my perspective on what it means to be an American. First of all it is not about pride, safety, or Us vs. Them!

Blind faith is blind. Know why you do what you do and deeply consider the consequences of your actions. Take a step back and see the big picture. Is what you are doing adding to the fabric of society worldwide? Are you a separate individual who can do whatever you please? Can you for instance raise chinchilla’s in your garage? What about selling narcotics? If you do how does this affect those around you? What about the ethical issues that surround doing something cruel or illegal?

Yes, I am asking a lot of questions because it is important to consider the implications of your actions and how it may affect others. Freedom is indeed a choice and that choice involves others. Freedom is the ability to do what you want to the point where no one else or yourself is harmed. Freedom does NOT include harming another life or destroying something that does not belong to you, and I must point out here that nothing belongs to you. You simply have the privilege to use it or enjoy its presence if it is alive. Nothing of this world goes with us to the next. Some would say we have no freedom at all, but only responsibility.

I will call this responsible freedom. You have the freedom to express yourself however you see fit, but not to be irresponsible. Meaning consider others before yourself. The USA originally stood for this very thing, so as an American you have the right and the responsibility to live a conscious life. For those who need to know, conscious living is simply being aware of your actions and how this affects others, including people, animals, plants, and things. It is consciously choosing to protect wildlife and the environment. It is taking actions that support life, help others, and add to the fabric of society. Conscious living is simply being aware. Feel the seat you are sitting on, smell the breeze, see the beauty, and listen to the sounds of silence. Truly be alive and grateful,…now this is freedom!

Have a Happy Responsible 4th of July!!

Sequoia Elisabeth

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Ownership = Responsibility

Ownership is purely a man-made concept which has existed for thousands of years in some form or another.  The question I ask here is simply this, “How does ownership serve you”?  Is it in the Highest and Best Good of the Human Race & Earth?

Ownership as defined by the Encyclopedia Britannica is, “the legal relation between a person (individual, group, corporation, or government) and an object. The object may be corporeal, such as furniture, or completely the creature of law, such as a patent, copyright, or annuity; it may be movable, such as an animal, or immovable, such as land. Because the objects of property and the protected relations are different in every culture and vary according to law, custom and economic system and the relative social status of those who enjoy its privileges, it is difficult to find a least common denominator of “ownership.” Ownership of property probably means at a minimum that one’s government or society will help to exclude others from the use or enjoyment of one’s possession without one’s consent, which may be withheld except at a price.”

What do you own?  Think carefully here.  Are you sure?  Is it because you paid for it?  Or is it simply that you claimed possession?  Can you do with it as you please?  Does it bring you joy?  Is it time to re-assess your viewpoint on ownership?

Ownership can be reduced to a one word definition, responsibility.  Do you own the house you live in or do you simply have responsibility for it while you live there?  You make payments on the mortgage till you either move or pay it off, then you still pay taxes and maintenance fees.  If you decide to dig for diamonds or drill for oil can you?  Doubtful!  Most homes do not include mineral rights. Even if they did, do you have the right to lay claim to something which belongs to Mother Earth (everyone)?

Pets are a living thing we claim ownership over, so what is up with this?  Aren’t you really just offering to provide care and food for the returned love they provide?  Is this ownership?  They see it as you have joined their pack or pride!  And in reality, this is true also.  By owning a pet you have a responsibility to care for this animal plain and simple.  It is a joint venture for the betterment of both, no ownership involved!

Marriage can be viewed from the ownership perspective depending on the society you are living in.  Families used to give their daughter up in a financial deal with another family in a transaction which benefited both families, a form of ownership, which the man or ruling family controls.  In fact, it still exists today in many minds.  The husband owns the wife who must conform to his wishes.  He bears the responsibility to care for her in the exchange.  This is the business of Marriage!  $72 million per year is spent on this in the USA alone.

By owning a car, stereo, computer or any other object you have the responsibility to care for this object till you release this “ownership” by selling, giving, or throwing it away.  This is really what ownership means!  It does not give you the right to abuse the item, pet, or person in your life.

In regards to Marriage and relationships, the responsibility is implied and exists whether married or not.  Ownership has nothing to do with it in reality.  It is not possible to own another person (without their permission – which marriage constitutes).  This is one reason I am done with marriage in any form.  Some things are beyond law!

Ownership of property, living or not denotes responsibility!  Of course simply being a member of society bears responsibility.  What I speak of here is we all own everything.  The idea of privileged use of certain items or land is an affront to civilized behavior!  The lesson we need to be teaching is that we are all one big family and to damage, abuse, deface, or otherwise destroy anything is offensive to yourself and your family.  Even if you are paying for a service like a car wash or renting a bicycle, caring and respecting the item is a part of the temporary ownership you have of that item.  Public space is another good example of community ownership and the responsibility each person has to care for it.

It comes down to simply Loving yourself and everything in your life whether it is “yours” or not, because in reality everything belongs to everyone.  Equality is the goal!  Share and share alike, a resource based economy has this focus and will meet the coming needs of society best.  Maybe we should all be looking carefully at what ownership really means and how it applies to society.  Maybe we should all be treating everything as if we own it and with the realization we own nothing!

🙂 Sequoia Elisabeth

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Honest, Responsible and True

Today’s Transition Blog considers the words Truth, Responsible, and Honest.  Noble words to be sure, but what do they really mean?  How do they fit into your life, or to reverse that, how do you fit into the definition of these words?  Let us look deeper to get a better feel for these words and the importance they play in everyone’s life.

“Hon·est:

1. Honorable in principles, intentions, and actions; upright and fair: an honest person.

2. Showing uprightness and fairness: honest dealings.

3. Gained or obtained fairly: honest wealth.

4. Sincere; frank: an honest face.

5. Genuine or unadulterated: honest commodities.” (Dictionary.com)

So who embodies these qualities?  Do you?  Every day in everything you do the opportunity to embody these traits exists, so you make this decision, albeit unconsciously most of the time, to be honest or not.  Consider how these actions define you and who they impact the most.  It certainly affects those you are dealing with, but more importantly how does it affect you?   Honesty is essential to self respect and self worth.  Being honorable is an act done for the self and that benefit then flows out to all those involved!

“Re·spon·si·ble:

1. Answerable or accountable, as for something within one’s power, control, or management (often followed by to or for): He is responsible to the president for his decisions.

2. Involving accountability or responsibility: a responsible position.

3. Chargeable with being the author, cause, or occasion of something (usually followed by for): Termites were responsible for the damage.

4. Having a capacity for moral decisions and therefore accountable; capable of rational thought or action: The defendant is not responsible for his actions.” (Dictonary.com)

This is a profound word that touches life everyday in some way.  Look closely at these meanings and consider how they impact your life.  Have you ever attempted to avoid responsibility?  Do you hold yourself accountable for your actions?   Do you realize that you are the author of your life?  Simply knowing this is a step toward responsibility.  We are all capable for rational thought and action, so there is no excuse for denying responsibility!

“Truth:

1. The true or actual state of a matter: He tried to find out the truth.

2. Conformity with fact or reality; verity: the truth of a statement.

3. A verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like: mathematical truths.

4. The state or character of being true.

5. Actuality or actual existence.” (Dictionary.com)

This word is the sum total of all other words.  It is what is left after all else is removed.  This is a very elusive word and experience.  In the world of duality Truth seems to shift constantly so that attaining total Truth is almost impossible.  It is however the goal.  The goal we all aspire to!  It is possible Truth is only found after death, but even this is not Truth.  Death does not exist!  Please understand that most of what you experience in this world is other than Truth, Responsibility, and Honesty!

I aspire to these ideals daily and sometimes I even get close!  It is a constant vigil, one that I accept with pride and joy.  I bless you on your Journey of Love, may you find the Truth, Responsibility and Honesty you seek!

🙂 Sequoia Elisabeth

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