If you are handed a coup, a plot, a bomb, a war, a revolution, is it yours? Can anyone else revolt for your freedom? I hear more often than not about soldiers dying overseas for my rights and freedom. Strangely, this never makes me more free. Strangely, it never seems to make me more free. Perhaps I merely need to go there myself. But where? I cannot imagine that just running off anywhere will make me more free. So I line up and wait for orders and someone tells me where to die. Again, I cannot imagine this makes me more free.
What am I to do, attack the nearest intrument of oppression? That would be the next person I meet, beside myself of course. And again, I cannot imagine that attacking someone in the same position as me is going to make either of us more free. It's more likely to get at least one ulof us in jail.
I cast a vote. Several. I've even done it more than once. Strangely, I do not feel more free. Perhaps that's merely asking someone else to stage the revolution for me. "Excuse me, sir, might I be more free in a few months time?" False revolutionaries in revolving doors.
I'm beginning to think that humans are not naturally free and perhaps freedom is never even possible. Not since we lost the ability to kill tigers with little more than rocks. Which is to say, never. Even then we worked together. Cooperation is such a lovely word. So I'm led to only this: choose your tyrant carefully, for if you do not pick one, then it will be chosen for you. And my question is left unanswered.
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