“The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.” – Walt Whitman
Liberty derives not from license, but from an orientation in love and the observance of truth. Whenever there is a transition into a greater sphere of freedom, such as when a child becomes a teenager, a high school student becomes a university student, an employee becomes and entrepreneur, or a line worker becomes a manager, there is an accompanying need for the assumption of greater responsibility.
The privilege of freedom always comes with the need for more internally-held responsibility and discipline. Freedom without responsibility and discipline quickly devolves into chaos, the natural result of which is the eventual restriction of responsibility.
Held rightly, the expansion of freedom continues ad infinitum. The “potent Law of Laws” is the law of eternal progress. Wise is the man or woman who not only hears and sees, but acts on this understanding.
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This us one of the most misunderstood principles of life. Freedom comes when the spirit of love directing our heart is our highest priority. Everything else is born of this union and truly our example is one of onward and upward. Wonderful post, thank you!
Your words bring the character of Abraham to mind. As I understand his example of moving out of his comfort zone out of the norms of his day he needed to think and feel in a different way. He was compelled from an orientation in love coupled with a mind open to the light of understanding to establish something within himself and of a new nation on earth. As we are so oriented we realize the same responsibility. This does entail thinking for ourselves rather than depending on others to do the thinking for us. Abraham moved through shifting points of greater and greater understanding as he met the seemingly daunting conforms of the day. As we so move individually forward prompted from love and guided by truth our new nation is built. Here we know true liberty within ourselves and with each other.