In the final sentence of one of her recent daily emails, Esther Hicks wrote:
“You are determined to be freedom-seekers in a Mass Consciousness society that is determined to make you the same.”
What a powerful statement, and on so many levels!
In the context of her entire message, she was referring to internal freedom.
Yet, we can think about why physical, personal and economic freedom/liberty (what my favorite magazine, Reason would call “free minds and free markets”) is such a high ideal. The more freedom one has individually, the more prosperous and happy will be the society.
Yet, society, by its very nature, seeks to conform the individual.
While we cannot control society (even if we could, that would simply be another form of mass consciousness control Mrs. Hicks referred to) and we should not try and control other individuals, we can control ourselves.
In his classic, Man’s Search for Meaning, Nazi concentration camp survivor and psychiatrist, Dr. Viktor Frankl considered choosing one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances to be the highest level of freedom; the last of human freedoms. The one type of freedom that could never be taken.
So long as we do that, we can — to paraphrase the title of one of Harry Browne’s most famous books — “find freedom in an unfree world.”