Do whatever you will..

Do whatever you will, but first be such as are able to will.

We often hear inexperienced youngsters defining freedom as being able to do what they want.The myth is perpetuated by ads of brands pretending to be selling stuff that liberates you from the shackles of your confinement parents,college,rules,society.I have heard this interpretation of freedom so many times that it is not only cliched but appears to be outright dumb.

The first question that one must ask – freedom to do what ? To drink,smoke,have sex,speed bikes and well that’s it.It’s nothing ! It’s reducing yourself to a silly pygmy.Anyone can do these so what’s the big deal?

That’s why I like Jim Morrison so much.In one of his poems he says :

Lying on stained wretched sheets with a bleeding virgin,you can start a religion or plan a murder.

That’s being able to will and be free from limitations of your own mind.The struggle for freedom is individual and has nothing to do with do’s and dont’s prescribed by the external world.The spirit is free to explore outside the mind,body and intellect – good and bad are just definitions.

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One comment on “Do whatever you will..

  1. Avanish says:

    As mentioned in your first para, the interpretation of ‘freedom’ has been a very narrow one. If freedom just meant ‘doing whatever one wishes to do’ it could lead to disastrous consequences to all. Unrestrained freedom leads to bad habits which can’t be curbed, dependence on a practice or behaviour for which you no longer have control, etc. And just imagine if everyone started doing what he or she wants to do, what a chaotic world it would be. As GB Shaw had put ‘ Your Freedom ends where my nose begins” (context is where a man is swinging his walking stick with great impunity saying that it is his freedom to swing his stick the way he wants to).
    Making intelligent choices is true freedom. All great men have exercised their freedom in making the right choices and not by doing whatever their mind or heart wished to do. Intelligent living is true freedom!

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