I have always felt lacking in a way to describe what liberty, and independence are. I guess that my journey to where I am now started with the desire to grasp these concepts. Even in my attempts to understand more, I have come to realize that Liberty, and independence have different meanings for everyone. There might not even be one strict definition to them. However, My vision for Simple Steps to Liberty all start with attempt to answer these questions: What is independence? What is Liberty?
What Is Independence?
My first thoughts here turn to the Declaration of Independence, written in 1776. The Founding Fathers of the Untied States of America felt that independence was so important that they were willing to give there lives for it. The declaration starts with stating what truths are most important to them, such as the equality of man and the possession of unalienable rights, given to them by a Creator. It then lays out many of the oppression of these truths by the British Government on the American People.
In its closing statements it reads “…That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do…” (Click here to read the entire declaration)
These final statements are the declaration that the American people want to be free from the influence of Britain. They wanted to have to ability to control their own nation according to there will. With the oppression of the Britians, they didn’t have independence. I took this and applied it to my own life. I want to be able to live the life I want to on my own terms, free from any influence that I don’t let stay. This is what independence is to me.
What is Liberty?
While independence is being free from influences, liberty to me is being able to actually make the choices in your life that you want. It is the action of living the life that you want. An extreme example of this is someone in prison. The prisoner may have a vision for what the life they want to live is, but because of the bars around them they can’t make those choices. They don’t have liberty.
Because liberty is the act of freedom, the choices you make either increase or decrease that freedom. Someone may have the “freedom” to harm another person. If they use there liberty to follow through with that then they may be arrested or worse. This in turn lowers there liberty. On the flip side, when I decided to buy a four month supply of food storage, I used my liberty to increase my liberty. The way this happens is I am less motivated by the basic want of food, such as taking a job that I hate just to put food on the table. I can be more selective in my life and actually find the lifestyle that I have peace and joy with.
This blog is about the steps that I am taking in this path to liberty. Many of the things you will read about will be in the world of self-reliance and self-sufficiency. This is because I believe that being self-reliant and self-sufficient are key to having the freedom to make your own choices. I am not an expert, but I am trying new things and learning how to become more independent. I hope that you can learn from my experiences as you start and continue your path to the life that you want. Please share your journey also to help make this a community of like minded people on separate paths to the same thing, Liberty.