Less than a year ago, I began writing articles on my very own blog site. When my son offered to create a site for me to write and express ideas on, the first thing I did was e-mail a friend to ask her what a blog was. She said it’s taken from two words, Web log, hence blog. That’s how ignorant I was about blogging and still know very little about a computer and the language of the computer world.
Recently a friend asked me, “Why do you write articles on this blog.” My response was, “I write because I can and must.” As far back as I can remember I have been writing. It’s a wonderful way to express oneself. For so many years, I would spend time writing about anything that popped into my head, filing or throwing it away.
Frequently when one has something on their mind that’s bothering them, they seek to find someone to lend an ear to hear them out. Over the years, I have had a number of friends I could depend upon to listen to me if I had this urge. Nonetheless, there were plenty of times when no one was available to talk to, therefore I would sit down at my old mechanical Royal typewriter and start writing out whatever was on my mind. It was a great catharsis for me and a method of figuring things out.
As I pursued the Philosophy of Freedom, one of my teachers autographed a book and said, “To Anne, who teaches as she learns.” I thought that was a great compliment. My knowledge is quite limited about many things, however if I understand something, I believe I can explain it to another in very easy to understand language without a lot of affected or exaggerated rhetoric.
And so it goes relative to the articles I write for my blog site. I write about a variety of subjects. Admittedly, there are many subjects I have only a smattering of knowledge about. However, I do understand the Philosophy of Freedom and usually find a way to incorporate some facet of it into any writings about other subjects, using easily understood language so that a child or college grad can grasp its meaning and importance to every living human being.
I read other blogs, newsletters and a lot of books, and enjoy the expression of ideas by others. However, so much is written in a manner that one needs a dictionary handy to figure out what it is they are trying to convey to the reader. This is particularly true of those with varying college degrees. They just seem to be writing to each other.
As far as yours truly, I write to express and not to impress with fancy elitist attitude language. My hope is what I write will strike a note with the reader to stop and think about freedom and truth, a notion that what I write might motivate the reader to seek and search further into the philosophy of freedom. Fortunately, in the mere nine months I have been writing this blog, several have responded with comments that their thinking was changed and their interest in freedom has broadened to want to know more. Consequently, I will continue writing in simple, easily understood language.
When I began seeking and searching, I had no idea the avenues it would lead me. Sometimes to teachers with PHD degrees and sometimes to an illiterate farmer who understood the meaning of life and freedom without ever having any formal education. One with an impressive understanding of the soil and earth who knew how to create wonderful products using his innate knowledge and hands. His expansive knowledge about farming had not been derived from books, but from growing up on a farm and working the soil and discovering the nature of things.
I recall the time my nephew was attending a State University, I happened to answer the phone when he called home to inquire about how to use quarters to operate a washing machine. I blurted out, “Oh my gosh, they have educated you beyond the capacity to think!!”
And so it goes with many individuals whose speech and writings appear to be unthinking and rote stuff. Mechanical repetition of words without the intelligent attention to meaning.
Here’s an example of a quote I read today. “Your economy, once celebrated as a guarantor of freedom and property, now seems corrupted by greed, materialism and uncertainty.” What a line of poppycock!! This is tail wagging the dog writing.
The truth of the matter is, “our economy” never guaranteed anything. The once free-enterprise system was always risk-taking and never guaranteed anything. Nor does freedom guarantee anything. It offers self-control and self-responsibility. Individual freedom, for the one who has it, offers a path and way of life absent the restraints and control of others to create, make progress, acquire privately owned property and suffer the consequences of mistakes and errors in judgment without forcing others to pay for the mistakes.
For one to suggest the economy was once celebrated as a guarantor of freedom and property is ludicrous. Simply not true.
We of the homosapien species were created with a mind and a will to do or not to do. To reason and separate truth from poppycock verbiage, which sometimes requires effort to figure out, to separate the wheat from the chaff. A child knows the difference in a lie and the truth unless indoctrinated otherwise.
What I attempt to do is be consistent in my writings. No matter the subject, it’s my aim and desire not to be contradictory. If by chance I do write contradictions, I hope someone points it out to me. I welcome the opportunity to correct or explain.
In this coming New Year, I hope to retain the readers I have and hope they will refer my blog to others with a suggestion to read and comment.
We the people in this country begin a new year with conditions in this country in a maelstrom mess. We are all in this together. It’s up to us, each individually, to figure a way out. Thinking, writing, reading and talking about freedom is a first giant step. A word that has become taboo in many circles. It’s up to us to make it fashionable and acceptable to talk about freedom, once again. Because once upon a time we had it for a short period.
And Let Freedom Ring!
From “The Freedom Lady.”