People (in this country) always says “Freedom isn’t free.” (usually in support of military) And for the longest time I believed them. But something about it always bothered me. I mean aside from the obvious logical contradiction which is admittedly catchy and provocative.
Well, they’re wrong. Freedom is free. It doesn’t take any more than simply being alive to be free.
What isn’t free is oppression. And the subsequent opposition to oppression. Those are not free. In fact, those are really expensive.
"Freedom isn’t free" assumes there’ll always be oppression and they’ll always be a need to fight against it. But why does that have to be true??
"Freedom isn’t free" assumes there’ll always be good guys and bad guys — us and them.
Here’s another idea — wouldn’t you rather create a world where we lived in peace so everyone just lived free? Automatically. Naturally.
We are not Trayvon Martin. In flying into the U.S. just before Christmas my wife, a well-dressed white woman with short(ish) blonde hair was chosen out of the customs line randomly for a full customs inspection. In the inspection room we found ourselves alongside a half-dozen African and South Asian men who were having every item of their luggage pulled out and inspected. We, however, had a suitcase full of nicely wrapped presents. The kindly inspector asked us what was in the boxes and we responded ‘books’, ‘clothes’ and things for friends and family. She then told us we could zip up the luggage and wished us a Merry Christmas.
We were ashamed as we shuffled past the harassed racially-profiled people who were not facing the same ‘light touch’ as us.