Posts Tagged ‘libya’

The debate rages over privacy in the United States. Is it ok for our government to take all our phone records e-mails all our “private” posts on blogs (like this one) and then use them later in a database? Most people say no it is not ok. I am one of those people.

Their was a radio show that was covering the subject and the debate. Someone called in and said the words which made this posts title. Total freedom, is a concept that I am intrigued by.

What does it mean and is it attainable? Do you want it?

so freedom is

  1. The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
  2. Absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government.

Hmm seems simple the right to do as we please. This concept of total freedom is great.

I want freedom. I want to be able to eat healthy or unhealthy food when and where I want to. I want to dress the way I see fit. I want to send e-mails, make posts and do online business without the prying eyes of big brother. Why? hmm Why do I want total freedom? I guess for the same reason the prisoner escapes when he has the chance. I think I want total freedom because I have hope and faith. Faith in mankind and myself.

But what happens when we engage in actions that harm others. Hmm we have to have freedom with respect to others. This is hope and faith. I have faith that through education and compassion and at times disciplinary action, man can have total freedom.

So is there such a thing as total freedom? Absolutely yes. Do I want it? No doubt I do, but (and there is always a but) this freedom for our world to survive has to be exercised with respect to life.




This week in the news there was a story about the opening of the George W Bush presidential Library opening in Dallas Texas. The 43rd president of the United States, caught the ire of much of the world for the United states role in the Iraq war.  No matter what the side is on the polarizing war in Iraq it is significant to note that the nation of Iraq went from a brutal dictatorship to a free democratic government that tried the dictator in the countries judicial system.

Iraq is still a nation in some turmoil but now they are free from Saddam Hussein and for the most part the Baathist party.  I try to not be political at all, but I am a fan of democracy and freedom. Democracy and freedom as great as they are do not come with their costs.

Iraq is and has experienced as any nation rebuilding some of the costs of freedom. A nation will pay for its’ freedom and so will individuals.

This weekend my girlfriend and I will run in a 5k., The proceeds of the race will go to a shelter and counseling center for abused women. An individual who has just left an abusive relationship is a little like a nation that was just liberated. Their path to freedom will often be a rough one, sometimes the path to freedom can seem harder than their abuse.


The difference in a path to freedom and an abusive relationship or a dictatorship government is that the path to freedom assures we succeed or fail, thanks to our own decisions and actions.

You may have just left an abusive relationship, started a new job or career and you may be looking at your decision wondering if it was worth it. Only you can answer this, but if you know it is worth the cost. I would like to take this moment to encourage you and, let you know that, you can do it!

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” — unknown



I was on my way to work this morning and listening to a radio story detailing the fine cuisine in a restaurant. The interviewer spoke with customers and kitchen staff about the fine dining. I was in shock when I heard that the restaurant was in Mogadishu. The news story is on NPR, and it is really worth a read! The story goes on to point out that the country of Somalia has been brutalized through a 21-year-old civil war, and that even now the stability of the region is not well stable, but people must eat and the restaurant owner is aware of this.

The restaurant is successful so far and not without some unfortunate violence. The violence is squashed by the security in the restaurant and the one fatalities are the terrorist themselves. Hearing this success story simply reinforces my faith in good people.  Good people are not heroes but they do heroic acts that make the world go around, like feeding people.

I think salman Rushdie  put it best when he said “How do you defeat terrorism? Don’t be terrorized.”




Good morning, afternoon or evening depending on where and when you are. For me it is morning July 2, 2012, 8:30 am ET to be exact. Being July 2nd and being in the United States, there is much buzz, decorations and plans right now concerning a pretty big holiday here. The 4th of July or Independence day. That is the day of the year that people living in the United States of America celebrate the nations independence, paid for in blood of old, young, free and en slaved, from as the Declaration of Independence puts it “absolute Tyranny over these States”.


The “Declaration of Independence” is still a really great read! (I know super dork right?) I am not sure where you are when reading this but I do know that the United States of America is not the only country to make a declaration and create a document like this. Many countries have written up documents declaring independence from tyrannical rule, as a matter of fact two countries that are engaged in revolution right now as I type are Syria and Egypt. These countries can look to the Declaration of Independence written and signed by the fathers of the United States of America for inspiration.  The United states government has been the same government for over 223 years now. This life span is greater than most nations.

What seems to be core and paramount in the Declaration of Independence are the equality of man and mans right to freedom. These fundamental values should e recognized  by not only new governments but people as well. Our parents have told us time and time again how special we are and it turns out they were right. Man and woman are special and important and deserve freedom and with the freedom have responsibilities. Next time you began to feel a little down or you began to god forbid, look down, on someone it would help to maybe remember the declaration.