Jan 5, 2015
New Years: Youth, Age, Life and Freedom
Man was born free and everywhere he is in shackles.
-- Jean Jacques Rousseau
None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest
love not freedom, but licence.
-- John Milton
What is the nature of natural, innate, human freedom-- authentic
to our natural, human species? This is almost never asked nor answered.
To know, to have consciousness of, free human life and world; go to places
where there is abundant free forms of other social mammals, preceeding us.
For, we emerged from these freedoms, with these, are a part of these;
or we are diminished and perish.
You can identify human freedom by the company it keeps-- by abundant
free plants and the animals that preceeded our emergence from free
plants and animals. We come from the slow natural selection of freedoms,
interactive with, and dependent upon, many other species. Their
life and freedoms are a part of our life and freedoms.
What is the nature of natural, innate free plants and animals?
These can be identified by the free, unadulterated lands and
waters they keep to. You will not find them and their communities
in the city's land and water-scapes! City-life is conquered and ruled
by a quasi, human organism, engaged in the pursuit of elitist power;
rather than Earth's ecological growth in interactive, freedoms of many
ecological species of life, of which, our human being, lives
and freedoms are part.
-- L.S. Heatherly
To be truly free, it takes more determination, courage, introspection,
and restrant than to be in shackles.
-- Pietro Belluscb
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men [often unknowingly]
dread it [the real thing].
-- George Bernard Shaw
Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.
-- Victor Hugo
To know how to grow old is the master-work of wisdom, and one
of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.
-- Henry Frederic Amiell
Nothing is inherently and invincibly young except spirit.
-- George Santayana
Behold! I do not give lectures on a little charity.
When I give, I give myself.
-- Walt Whitman
That best portion of a good man's life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love.
-- William Wordsworth
Copyright 2015 L.S. Heatherly