"The future's not set. There's no fate but what we make for ourselves." At least that's what John Connor was taught...in a fictional story. Perhaps, however, the lesson still applies today. For my sanity's sake, I hope so.
Despair has largely been the end result of my thoughts concerning current events, politics, and the state of my nation these days, if I can call it that anymore. At any rate, to be quick about it, I have been depriving myself of an outlet for these feelings, and that in itself may have been what has kept me down. Something a little less fictional has been said that a free republic cannot stand without debate. If this is true, then perhaps I have been shackling myself needlessly.
This may also be seen as something of a sin, what's more. Galatians 5:1 is a command, is it not? "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." This has passage has been growing on me for the last five to seven years, and I have seen it exemplified most astonishingly in friends I had least expected.
Why despair if there is no fate but what we ourselves make? My despair is in large part a product of the notion that a snowball has been rolled onto a slipperly slope a hundred years or so ago, and its velocity seems to have taken on an apparent inevitability and an inescabale totalitarian doom awaits us even here in America. I don't want that. I want to believe that it does not have to be that way.
To conclude, what I want to do here is to free my mind. Maybe my freedom here will serve to free others as well. I don't know. But I hope you will join me again for more freedom.