Free the Moment You Decide You Are

Apparently Voltaire once wrote, “Man is free the moment he wishes to be.” Not speaking French, I wonder if there might be a better translation: “Man is free the moment he decides he is.” If that isn’t what Voltaire intended to say, I suggest it should have been. Wishing alone doesn’t cut it where freedom is concerned. Intention is everything.

You can hear intention in words, but it’s especially pronounced in intonation. Have you ever observed how in movies you can predict the conclusion of a crisis by the speech of the person it’s happening to? If you see a character being strong-armed by thugs, for example, and he plaintively cries “Let me go,” for sure in the next scene he’ll have succumbed to his captors. On the other hand, if the character utters “No way!” with will and muted fury, it’s a given he’s going to free himself.

This is harder to observe in real life, where essential dialog is buried beneath superfluous talk, but the phenomenon is there if you look for it. Will, or strong intention, determines the outcome of everything. Attitude is king.

A real-life example of freedom being a decision (and attitude determining outcome) occurs in the film “Rescue Dawn,” based on a true story. Dieter Dengler, the hero, was one of the few men to break himself out of a Vietnamese concentration camp and live to tell about it. When he was captured, the first thing he did was check out the environment for his means of escape. He told his comrades he was going to spring himself by morning. Freedom was a given in his mind.

The other prisoners told him he was crazy. In fact, the difficulties of escaping were greater than Dieter assumed, and it took far longer than overnight to break free. But because of his unquestioning assumption that he was going to leave and live, his mind constructed a scheme for that, and the scheme brought success.

His comrades didn’t fare so well. They labored beneath the assumption that while breaking out using Dieter’s idea might be possible, surviving in the jungle would be hopeless. So they escaped camp and died in the wild, while Dieter escaped and lived. This story demonstrates the power of will and attitude. Personal insistence on freedom crafts the key that delivers release.

When I read blogs and websites about the global conspiracy, I’m often disturbed by the assumption, sometimes the outright statement, that in the world of the future, dissenters will all be dead or in internment camps. That kind of thinking plays right into the hands of the dark lords. Fear and hopelessness are understandable first reactions to learning about plans for the New World Order, but if we are to circumvent the nightmare becoming real, we have to work our way past those emotions.

No one can control us if we don’t let them. We each are the main character in our own novel or movie. We can wail for mercy or we can decide to be free. Our choice will determine our next scene in the story, our next life experience.

There’s little point in knowing about the one-world agenda if no one can do anything to stop it. Of course we can stop it. It’s rule by the few over the many. That will never happen unless the many allow it. If we spit in the face of fear and insist on freedom, the rule of the Fourth Reich will be over before it’s begun. Freedom starts with a change of mind. A shift from seeing ourselves as victims to a decision to live in happiness and self-determination.

Our self-talk, our choice for freedom or victimization, determines the future that we and this earth will experience. Let’s make a future that’s wonderful.

Bronte Baxter

Amanda Baggs, Movies and ‘the Splinter in Your Mind’

Films – the best ones – are something very different from escape entertainment. They offer a way of looking at things that’s fresh, or draw us beneath our surface impressions to perceive something deeper. Films like that are catalysts for new insights, what we need now more than ever. To get rid of the splinter, we must learn to see better, past the programming we’ve been saddled with. Great movies help us do that.

Last night I watched “The Luzhin Defence,” a stirring story about an eccentric savant chess master who finds love with a woman after a lifetime of being alone and exploited. It seems evident that the man has Asperger’s, although the movie was made before people were talking about that mild form of autism. Until Asperger’s came on the scene, people like Luzhin were typically regarded as “just weird.”

The gives a profound look at the life and mind of a person who operates outside the parameters of what most of us define as reality. And it heralds the power of love to bridge the gap between those of us who are stuck and those of us who are different.

Have you seen the incredible YouTube video made by Amanda Baggs, a severely autistic woman who is on a campaign to defend her version of reality? What a mind-opener. Baggs argues that she does not live “in her own little world” as society assumes by her strange behavior. Rather, she communicates with the environment in a different way than we do, and is intimately and sensually connected with it.

The first half of this YouTube flick shows Baggs humming and tapping things, looking weird and lost (in our conditioned way of perceiving autistic people). Then a computer voice starts talking. It is Baggs’ mechanical voice, activated by what she types on her computer. As she types, she explains her unique version of the world.

Check it out at YouTube.

And check out the Luzhin movie for another perspective on the mind of an outsider. It shows how we marginalize “different” people, withholding the love they, like all the rest of us, need to make living worthwhile. The movie also raises the tantalizing question: do we actually marginalize ourselves when we shut out people who are different? What fascinating worlds or dimensions exist that “normal” people can’t perceive and explore, imprisoned as we are by our judgments of others? Worlds that are the familiar, everyday terrain of people like Baggs and Luzhin.

Bronte Baxter

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