|Only we can free ourselves.|
Global travel only confirmed this feeling as I visited country after country where the people weren't constantly rushing around preoccupied by working and shopping. I saw people living more simply in communities that were more socially cohesive and laid back than anything I had experienced at home.
When I first saw Turkish men relaxing over tea in outdoor cafes, I would check my watch. If it was between 9 and 5, my programmed work-a-day brain caused me to wonder why the men weren't 'at work'.
It took me a while to overcome my brainwashing that stated that all humans between 16 and 65 will be 'economically productive' at least eight to twelve hours a day Monday to Friday. But I was learning.
I was in the process of being de-programmed. Later, in the timeless old city district of Istanbul, I lost my watch. I never replaced it.
|Artist Sue Austin designed her underwater freedom machine, redefining notions of|
what it means to be 'disabled', 'handicapped', or 'confined'
With my sense of time and purpose irreversibly altered by travel, I longed to break free of the constraints of my culture's distorted goals and expectations.
It is all an illusion anyway, and I was ready for a new illusion. It was time to downsize, and realign the priorities.
Now I like to do things like ride my bicycle, bundled against the cold, without any means of conducting commerce. I will ride 3 kilometers to our raised bed plot in the community garden where I can forage for fresh (and free) winter greens.
With rich, black soil under my fingernails, I bundle up leaves of dark green kale into my back pack. I feel a kinship with the crows and ravens calling from the nearby trees.
|Sue Austin getting free flying underwater|
If there is only one game in town to choose from, and not very good one at that, we are not free.
Inspired by nature, freedom fighters like Sue Austin, and simple living people around the world, we can get free ourselves.