THE PRICE OF FREEDOM
Mixed Media. © Jul 10th 2011. By Leighton Kelly
- a lot of people bandy about the word FREEDOM as if they actually knew what it meant. as if it were the magic word that unlocks any door, that it means you have the golden ticket and that with that golden ticket you can pay your way anywhere. the reason why FREEDOM seems like such a scarce or transitory thing is that FREEDOM actually means is SACRIFICE and nobody likes the word SACRIFICE as much as FREEDOM. for instance, the reason why i can now travel the world doing art all day long is because i sacrificed a lot just to get here. i was homeless for years with pennies and lint in my pocket. actually if you want to know, i am homeless now. not the dirty cardboard hearing voices kind but the i have no home to go to when i leave the couch i am crashing on. i have nowhere to go and nothing to do and that, my friends, is freedom. BUT! its only one kind. by this time you must know but there are infinite kinds of freedom. for renters and homeowners there is the freedom of having a place to come home to every night. a fridge with food and the warmth of a room and a bed with the kind of sheets you like. the sacrifice here is you probably have a steady JOB you have to go to, or if you are unlucky were born rich and don’t know the true value of anything (not like any of us really do, but i digress). another sacrifice. its not only about places to live or not. its everything. there is always a consequence to everything. but the scale on which you weigh your freedoms to sacrifice are rarely equal. you can hate your life of toil and stress more than you love your security of three meals a day and a sturdy roof above your head, or you can love what you do and be uncertain about the life you have chosen. its not always so black and white, of course, but there is always a dichotomy. two sides of the same coin. the real question is what you are going to use that coin on. me? i’m buying popcorn. you can’t watch this movie with out popcorn.