Skip to comments.A Streak of Freedom through the Sludge of Life
Posted on 10/18/2010 6:40:41 AM PDT by DBCJR
Saturday in Manhattan there was a streak slicing through the urban sludge of jammed traffic offering the hope of liberation.
Pretty outrageous: a skater flash mob called The Broadway Bombers, an annual event. Probably 200 skate boarders zipped past Macy's 5th Ave stopping traffic. Sort of a skate board parade or something. Horns were blasting. Drivers upset. Others taking photos and laughing.
The context: People contained in cubicles within office cubes stacked 100 stories high, in cars jammed in a frozen river of traffic.
The Protagonist: a mob of skaters slicing freely thru the stagnant ice, screaming gleefully, some with bare chests.
The Antagonists: Jammed up drivers yelling and honking.
The Chorus: Onlookers infected by the liberated joy, cheering them on, and capturing the moment on electronic devices with which to relive the freedom once returned to their cubes.
And traffic resumed.
Likewise, Christ slices through the drudgery of our bane existence with liberty and purpose. We have a choice: Do we sit on the sidelines honking our horns and cursing? Or do we join the river of life?
If this what they think freedom is, this is incredibly sad.
“If this what they think freedom is, this is incredibly sad.”
So describe your idea of freedom.
What do you mean “my definition”? I would go with a standard definition. Perhaps it’s not clear what you’re really asking?
I didn’t ask you for a definition, just your ideas on what freedom is. I think we on this discussion board often get way too combative, adversarial. I am just asking for your perspective, nothing which you would be required to defend.
To be under the influence of fear is not quite yet free. While we must often fight for freedom, there was a greater sense of freedom that we experienced after the Cold War but prior to this present day. That was a freedom from being the only superpower, no fear.
It is that sort of perspective I am looking for - not a definition, but a discussion.
Sorry it’s taken me a while to get back to this.
Don’t be defensive - your question was a bit testy, which would lead a reasonable person to think you were looking for a bit of a confrontation and not a discussion.
Having said that, I dont have a problem with flash skater mobs my point is that if they think that is freedom its sad. Freedom is something we have to fight for in this world, something that is pretty rare and isolated, and that diffusing the meaning of freedom by equating it with adolescent-minded-skater-flash-mobs is just sad if thats what they really think freedom is. And, this kind of freedom can be a bread and circuses type of freedom. You dont miss the real thing if youre distracted by nonsense. Harmless and amusing, but nonsense nonetheless.
I have two active-duty sons, so I guess I tend to take it a bit more seriously.
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