Hello my friend,
Welcome to the 59th installment of The Creative Journey, the experience of one Charles Yerkes, Eadarian Poet, perpetuator, and otherwise mildly creative and excessively modest personage.
Freedom not Chaos
Sometime ago there was a weekly quote here on the Eadarian Network (number 63), “You are only as free as you are responsible enough to be.” This from that wonderful sage and guru, the Eadarian Poet.
This train of thought then led me to another phrase that may well become a future quote of the week: “Freedom not Chaos”.
As I have begun to share this phrase with others, they have immediately thought that I am referring to politics. This I am not. I am only concerned with you and I as individuals. That is something to remember about this bolg, and I only share what I have experienced on my own journey.
So, to ensure understanding of what this post is addressing, I am talking about personal freedom verses personal chaos. Those, which reside in the individual and over which this same individual has control.
So what does all this mean? What does this look like? Let’s start with the thought, “You are only as free as you are responsible enough to be.” And see what develops.
I’m finding that the older dictionaries are quickly becoming my favorites. They seem to have a deeper range of meanings than most modern dictionaries do. In any event…
From the 1913 Webster Dictionary, Freedom: Exemption from necessity – as freedom of will –
From the 1913 Modern English Illustrated Dictionary: Not arbitrary or despotic.
From the 1955 Webster Dictionary: independent, self-deciding, voluntary.
For Chaos (from all the dictionaries): complete confusion or disorder
For Despotic: irresponsible and arbitrary, tyrannical.
So, freedom can be said to be: The responsible use of purposeful, voluntary, and independent self-decision to exercise our will in a non-arbitrary or despotic manner. A matter of the will, a matter of choice.
Chaos can be said to be: Complete confusion and disorder resulting from irresponsible and arbitrary uses of the will. The end results of which are tyrannical in nature stealing away our ability to be truly free. Our ability to exercise free will, to utilize any self-decision is lessened if not taken completely away.
To be continued….
Grow in freedom;
Grow in peace.
Eadarian Poet, Perpetuator, Photographer, and Fiddle Player