“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin

(image courtesy a business site)

If the truth be told, I’ve had one particular thought crossing my mind over and over
throughout this most surreal time in our lives.
That thought is simply one of freedom.

I’ve even addressed it here in blogland, when the time has allowed, during this past nearly
three months of living life in the Twilight Zone.

There has been a roller coaster of emotions for all of us…
emotions of sorrow, fear, confusion—-

And there has been a stone wall of both frustration and anger.

I have noted before that I live in a “free” state.

A classification that I find extremely bizarre.
When would an American find themselves differentiating between a free
and non-free state other than say, during the Civil War?!

But for our 21st-century way of thinking,
a free state is a state that is lifting its pandemic bans.
Non-free states remain closed.
As in non-functioning.

I have recently enjoyed the opportunity of actually going out to eat.

Actually sitting down at one of my favorite restaurants and actually enjoying a dining experience
albeit with masked servers and socially distanced table set-ups.

People in our state can go get a haircut—something I’ve yet to do as the process
is a tad tedious and makes for very limited appointments so I’ll stick to my
ballcap for now.

The liquor store is still curbside.
Which I kind of enjoy but miss looking at the pretty bottles.

Our farmer’s markets are open.

I’m going to get my car serviced tomorrow—at a dealership 45 minutes away, in another town…
meaning I am free to travel about without restriction.

In Italy, they had to have official paperwork allowing them to venture
out of their homes in order to go to the grocery store or Pharmacia.

Whereas our parks are beginning to reopen, our lakes and marinas have never closed.

And we should note that our grocery store chains, Wal-Mart, Target, Lowes
and Home Depot have never closed–
nor did they even ration the number of patrons entering the stores–masks or no masks.

And for the record, I do not wear a mask.

If I am told I had to do so if it meant visiting a certain business, I would oblige–
but if not mandated, I don’t.
I am not sick.
I have not been exposed.
Plus I try not to let fear dictate my life.

Good hygiene practices and common sense rather than fear seem to both win out for me.
But I digress…

One thing I have found perplexing is the tit for tat that governors in
“non-free” states are having with their fellow governors in free states–
along with that of their /our President.
They are trying to remain locked down come hell or high water—
and if they aren’t careful…it just might be both.

People are not being allowed to work.
They are being furloughed, let go, or permanently closed down.
And small businesses, the backbone of this nation, are not being allowed to operate.

As this all makes good economic sense to whom???

Another odd happening throughout the country during all of this mess
is that one has been free to go get an abortion if one so chooses as abortion clinics
had been categorized as “essential” yet church doors remain sealed.

So that means that one’s spiritual wellness is not essential but murder and death are…
go figure.

See Citizen Tom’s posting on the Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance in Virginia for
more of the story of the idiocy reigning supreme in the Commonwealth of Virginia regarding the
rights of the unborn–or maybe that should read…no rights for the unborn.


And if I hear another pastor or priest dictate that they are keeping the doors
shut to their particular houses of worship because they are following
“science” —–well, just knock me in the head!

Men and women of the cloth are to follow the Word of God—
and I’m pretty certain God’s doors are open as He will certainly approve of the various
and the necessary health precautions for his precariously fragile creations.

Wear masks if you must, wear gloves if you must, receive communion, the Host, in open hands and use a
throw away cup for the wine verses a chalice—
Sit in pews 6 feet apart or on every other pew…don’t sing if you think it too
precarious and contagious (as in healthwise and not song-wise) but for Heaven’s sake
and for our sake, let the people pray and worship in God’s house!!!!

Did we close the churches and synagogues during the Great Depression or WWII???
Or what of the summers when polio was plaguing our children?
Or when TB was running rampant?

When people most needed comfort and hope, the various houses of worship opened
wide their doors.
They may have donated church goods to be melted for the war effort, they may have
had fewer attending due to polio or TB concerns, but the doors were open none the less,
allowing the spiritually hungry to come inside and find sustenance.

And so I caught another great post over on the Smoke of Satan and the Open Windows of Vatican II
musing over our plight in the Twilight Zone

“How did a temporary plan to preserve hospital capacity turn into two-to-three months
of near-universal house arrest that ended up causing worker furloughs at 256 hospitals,
a stoppage of international travel, a 40% job loss among people earning less than $40K per year,
devastation of every economic sector, mass confusion and demoralization,
a complete ignoring of all fundamental rights and liberties,
not to mention the mass confiscation of private property with forced closures of millions of businesses?

Whatever the answer, it’s got to be a bizarre tale…”

And now, we come back full circle to the notion of Freedom.

A notion, along with the fact that I am writing this post on Memorial Day,
is a most poignant thought.

It is the day we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our very freedoms.

But the question remains…what of those freedoms?

Who now dictates those freedoms?

I will close today’s rambling with a look at the opening quote by Benjamin Franklin…

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

What are you willing to give up for a bit of temporary safety?
I hope not.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore,
and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
For you were called to freedom, brothers.
Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word:
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
But if you bite and devour one another,
watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

Galatians 5:1 and 5:13-15

23 comments on “freedom…hummmm…

  1. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
    Amen SC!! Hugs from GW!! 🙂 🙂

  2. oneta hayes says:

    I sneezed, coughed, and blew my nose about an hour ago. Oh, dear, do you think I should go to the doctor? Perhaps if I have sneezed, coughed, and blew my nose an average of once a month in my life, I might just consider the other 1032 other times I did not go to the doctor. Don’t tell on me; they (Dr. F and Bill G) will make me take a vaccine. 😀

  3. says:

    I’ve been coughing since this whole thing began. I’m quite sure it’s because of allergies which seem to be crazy this year. I don’t want to go to the doctor, since I feel the chances of getting COVID19 are much greater there. I don’t wear a mask when I go grocery shopping. My husband, the extrovert, talks to everyone who passes by our house, conducts art classes at the art center he works at, has spent hours at the wifi store trying to get help from masked men, visited friends at a distance and hugged his kids. I’m still alive and so is Paul. Life goes on whether we think we can control it or not.

    • Yep— here I sit at the car dealership’s service department— most folks have masks— some don’t— I don’t— but the seating is spread out so who knows— I’ve hugged friends I’ve not seen in quite sometime— I’ve had nice chats with other unmasked folks at the grocery store— and yes, my allergies are killing me-
      Control seems to be a key component in all of this— write that new book!!!!

  4. Elaine says:

    I believe that wearing a mask is the polite thing to do in consideration of the health of others as well as yourself. How hard is that? Wearing a mask in public areas is showing self respect for yourself and respect for others.

    • If I am required to do so, I certainly will but what we know about the masks that the average person wears, of which are not medical grade, is that they are not a defense against a virus— viruses are smaller than the pores of the fabric so the protection, if any, is negligible.

    • If I am required to do so, I certainly will but what we know about the masks that the average person wears is that it is not a defense against a virus—

  5. Tricia says:

    Great post Julie! It is so interesting to discover how much I’ve taken for granted the awesome freedoms we have here in America and realized how quickly they could be snubbed out. I don’t know what the exact answer is to the question of how this all came about except that the two main ingredients were fear and control with a heavy side of lying that “science” was being followed.

    It’s all so crazy how we allowed it to happen. I tell you going forward the battle has just begun over what the “new normal” will be.

  6. […] This whole notion of to mask or not to mask came up yesterday when a kind woman commented on my post “Freedom…hummmmm” ( […]

  7. Dawn Marie says:

    Hi, Julie! I’m catching up on my blog-reading today. I still can’t seem to get into a “reading routine” ever since my concussion, ugh! But I know eventually I will be more able – and actually if your posts weren’t so gosh-darn thought provoking my brain just might not get worn out so quickly. So I blame you, giggles! JK. Seriously though, who would have thought that a mere days after you launched this post so much would go topsy-turvy and masks would become an even more mute issue. Funny, isn’t it? Truly peaceful protesters mocked for not social-distancing or not wearing masks & now not a mere mention of those rioting in the streets doing the very same. When will the insanity ever end?? Lol. Keep your eyes on the Lord I say, it is really ONLY His judgements that matter.

    • You can add lengthy to that list as I don’t seem to be short and sweet— well with my words at least 🤣🥰
      Yes, me and my little defiant self of real science vs political control is now oh so yesterday— who knew our nation would devolve into anarchy forcing the pandemic and lockdown to be oh so passé.
      I love how our mayors, etc were sounding the alarm over distancing, locking down and face masks and yet now they seem to have forgotten that warning while having their police stand down to a violent teeming mass of madness— one day’s madness is another day’s folly— looking for any signs of that horn blowing in the East!!!! Come Lord Jesus, come!

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