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Out of Our Minds
Monday, July 04, 2005 10:47 AM
Happy Independence Day
Anita Sharpe on Life

It's a good day to take some time out for yourself and reflect on what freedom means both politically and personally. I love the Fourth of July because it's a holiday steeped in hope and possibility. It celebrates rugged individualism as well as tolerance for a melting pot of political opinions and religions.

It's hard to grasp that freedom is a frightening thing to a lot of people. Freedom means that you have to think for yourself, that truth isn't tied up neatly with a bow. Freedom can be messy.

But its opposite has a lot in common with the thinking of a 20-year-old suicide bomber from Fallujah who is interviewed in the July 4 edition of Time magazine. He wants to kill himself and as many Americans as possible in order to create one global Islamic state where there is 'no alcohol, no music and no Western influences,' he tells Time. The magazine notes: 'He concedes he has not thought deeply about what life might be like in such a state; after all, he doesn't expect to live long enough to experience it.'

1 comment

Janet Auty-Carlisle - 7/5/2005 9:33:29 AM
Interesting comments Anita. Freedom means different things to different people. I lived in Belfast and have visited there many times. My husband was born there and I was born in Canada. He's Catholic and I am Protestant... We now live in Canada. Being born in Canada provided me with a different insight into what freedom was and I was always interested to hear other perspectives on the idea of freedom. To quote a very famous song...'Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose.' Maybe...maybe not. Depends on which side of the fence you are on....Still living la vida fearless...are you? Janet Auty-Carlisle


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