Personal freedom must be nurtured and protected if you are to reap the benefits and to experience the life of fulfilment and happiness that we are all seeking.
“Today’s world traps us in such a pretence that we present ourselves to others as they would like us to be. The result is that we live the lie: we become mormalised and we join the non-creative masses – bored, sick, insecure and lacking a sense of direction.” Purpose, Creativity and the Human Potential, Theodore U. Ferguson
(Excerpted from Writings on Leadership, Theodore Ferguson)
As a human being, I have the capacity to think independently of all other human beings and so do you. We all have the opportunity to reflect on our lives as individuals and to find our truth - that is, the truth that resonates with us internally and gives us a sense of inner calm.
We are, however, born into a world in which others are always trying to take control of our minds by dictating to us how we should think and how we should behave. Over time, we can become mental slaves to others by buying into their forced indoctrination. In doing so, we abrogate our capacity for independent thought; we silence our conscience and without thinking, blindly become the followers of others and their often misguided philosophies and belief systems.
In song, Bob Marley challenged us to emancipate ourselves from this mental slavery. Mohandas Gandhi chronicled his desire to be mentally free when he wrote, "I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any. I refuse to live in other people's houses as an interloper, a beggar or a slave."
I believe in the power of free will!
I believe that I have the potential to think freely and to act according to conscience!
I believe that I can be the leader of my life!
Living and Leading From Above The Line
QUESTION OF THE MONTH
Why can't we be more loving as human beings?