Leonard Pitts: For the price of freedom, is this new normal?
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Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 28, 2019
By Leonard Pitts
“This is the price of freedom,” said Bill O’Reilly about the Las Vegas massacre
“Freedom to be afraid is all you won,” said Gil Scott-Heron from “Gun”
Originally, this was going to be a column about Sydney Aiello. She was 19 years old, a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, and she was buried Friday after committing suicide. Her parents said she lost friends in last year’s shooting at her school. They said she carried survivor’s guilt and had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Then the column about Sydney became a column about Sydney and a boy, his identity not yet released, who died of an apparent suicide the day after her funeral. He was a sophomore at her old school.
Then the column changed yet again. Jeremy Richman, the father of 6-year-old Avielle Richman, who was killed in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, was found dead of an apparent suicide on Monday. It seems reasonable to suspect, though at this point not possible to know, that proximity to tragedy played a role in the deaths of the man and boy, as it evidently did with Sydney.
So this is a column about the three of them. And the 328 million of us. And the singularly grotesque thing Bill O’Reilly said two years ago after 58 people died and more than 500 were wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, a thing that has hovered like smoke over every mass shooting since.
“This is the price of freedom,” he said.
Which is, of course, ridiculous. Canada is free. Australia, Spain and Finland are free. As the nation that gave us the Magna Carta, England might fairly be said to have invented freedom.
None of them has anywhere near the level of gun violence America does.
But it is not the inaccuracy of O’Reilly’s statement that gives it such grim resonance in the wake of this triple suicide. It is, rather, the substance, that idea of paying a price for so-called “gun rights.”
We think of that price in terms of fallen bodies, blood shining on asphalt. Truth is, that’s only the beginning.
Long after the bodies have been recovered and the asphalt scrubbed, after the media fold their tents and the nation turns its restless attention elsewhere, there are people left learning to walk again, or talk again. And there are families with holes shot through them, hearts that grieve behind sunny smiles, invisible wounds bleeding. Because each bullet that finds flesh injures not just its victim, but everyone around her until eventually, the whole country is walking blood stained and wounded.
We have second-graders with PTSD. We have preschoolers practicing active-shooter drills. In South Carolina, a 7-year-old survivor takes to pulling out her eyelashes and clawing her own skin. In Arizona, a 4-year-old cries “active shooter” as fireworks burst overhead. In Florida and Connecticut, three people are dead by their own hands. This is our new American normal.
And for what?
“This is the price of freedom,” O’Reilly said, trying to imbue mass murder with a sheen of patriotic sacrifice. His absurd words reflect a nation that resolutely refuses to do anything but think and pray about an ongoing national disaster. Downloadable bid templates free. We regard gun violence like earthquakes and windstorms, acts of God we cannot prevent, but only learn to live with.
But gun violence is no act of God. And we can’t live with it. That’s the whole point.
“The price of freedom,” he says. Well, that price keeps going higher.
And whatever we’re buying, freedom isn’t it.
Leonard Pitts is a columnist for The Miami Herald 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him at [email protected]
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Free to be me! – Conscious Creators
What does freedom mean to you? To me freedom is the right to be ME. It is the right to explore and discover who and what I truly am. It is the right to Be and Create what works best and makes me happiest in my oneness with and separation form All That Is – as both a product of creation and creation itself. It is the right to seek the greatest fulfillment of my own unique potential, to be who I love to be and do what I love to do. It is the right to live by value fulfillment and practice idealism – to determine the qualities of Being and Creation I value most, my ideals, while actualizing them to the best of my ability! This, to me, is the meaning of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
However, I am not alone in the in the universe of All That Is. There is you, there is me and there is All That Is. To be free to be me, I must take your freedom and the freedom of All That Is, into account as well as my own. If I’m to be free, you must be free. We must all be free, including nature! This understanding or agreement lies at the heart of developing our response-ability. Since we are not born consciously aware of this practical truth, we must discover it through experimentation, observation, education – trial and error – as Being and Creation unfolds before us.
Accepting responsibility to develop Response Ability – Conscious Creators
Responsibility is seen by many as an unnecessary burden. Those who are currently exploring beliefs in separation and competition find that accepting responsibility for the consequences of their actions is limiting. When we see ourselves as alone in the world, the idea of personal gain and survival can become paramount in our minds. Within this framework of ideas, lying, cheating, and stealing become acceptable for personal gain. After all, this is a dog-eat-dog, devil-take-the-hindmost world, isn’t it? Why accept responsibility for the consequences of our thoughts and actions when we can point the finger of blame at someone else and walk away laughing in their confusion?
The value of an idea is in the reality it creates and what we can learn from it – Conscious Creators
Eventually, if not in this lifetime, in another, we learn that we’re not alone. We learn that we’re multidimensional, vibrational Beings of Aware Energy. We learn that we are both one with and separate from All That Is – that we are not only products of creation; we are creation itself! To maintain a satisfying level of freedom we must accept full responsibility for the consequences of our thoughts and actions. It is the only way we can learn from them and avoid defining ourselves by them. When we define ourselves by our behavior and its consequences, we solidify thought and behavior patterns. They become identifiers of who we are. Why would we do that to ourselves? We know that if we refuse to pay attention and learn from our experiences, if we refuse to grow in understanding and awareness, others will be forced to step in to limit the harm we do to protect their own health and freedom for themselves and others. Ultimately, who is responsible for what you do? Who is responsible for what I do? Who is responsible for what we do in groups we’re part of?
Look at the world through the lens of responsibility. For example, you’re responsible for yourself, your family (if you have one), you’re responsible for your work, paying your bills, driving your car, your safety and the safety of others. Looking at this list through the lens of responsibility is overwhelming for many. However, viewing life through the lens of response-ability acknowledges that life is a creative endeavor and have the joy and challenge to grow in your role as creator of your experience. By adopting a pro-active view of life, you transmute what was once burdensome into joy. Perspective is everything. It’s why some people succeed and others fail. Look at the difference between “have a nice day” and “create a great day!” One salutation is hopeful but doubtful while the other is confident and acknowledges your power as the creator of your reality.
When we look at life through the lens of responsibility, life too often serves as a mirror of judgment and condemnation. When we look at life through the lens of response-ability, life becomes an opportunity to improve our creative abilities. That’s right! We are blessed with the divine power to see the difference between who we are and who we want to be, what we do and what we want to do, what works for us and what doesn’t, what makes us happy and what doesn’t. This is freedom and it is our source of power and redemption in life!
It is this amazing ability that provides us with hope for the future. It is what makes it possible for us to imagine and then create the self we want to be and the world we want to live in. It is our response-ability, the ability to see things for what they are and shape them into what we want. The power of thought and imagination is what gives all things the ability to not only survive but thrive. This is so for cells in our body, it is so for us as human beings in society and it is so for nations in the world. Adapting to changing conditions to maintain satisfying levels of safety, freedom and happiness is a creative challenge. It is what makes life exciting and well worth living!
The Purpose of Life
The challenge of Being and Creation is learning how to use the power of thought and imagination to shape the energy of ideas, the building blocks of creation, into a pleasing reality. The prize is a sense of satisfaction, the feeling of a job well done. Like learning how to walk or talk, it is a personal, subjective endeavor that requires creative aggression. It is a great balancing act that makes falling part of learning how to stand.
Remember: thoughts are “things” with a reality of their own and each of us, an artist. With thoughts in the form of beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations, we paint the landscape of our lives. Create a great day! (From: We Create Our Own Reality)
What are your thoughts about the role of response-ability in our lives? Throw your thoughts up on the wall so we can all look at them. That way we can keep what we like and leave the rest. It’s ironic, isn’t it – the only way to be free is to be response-able?
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“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having (creating) a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
“How you define yourself and the world around you, forms your intent, which, in turn, forms your reality.” – Seth
In other words, we create reality from what we believe about ourselves and the world around us.
If we don’t consciously choose our beliefs, we unconsciously absorb them from our surroundings.
If our beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations create reality, can we afford not to question them?
The more we love, understand, and appreciate ourselves, the better we treat ourselves and the world.
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