As I ponder the upcoming month, July 4--Independence Day--comes to mind. While I've written hundreds of posts over the years, my July posts suggest a similar theme--the freedoms we take for granted and how to remember these gifts every day.
Today I'm thinking about how we sometimes exercise our freedoms in ways that limit or harm, and what to do about that. In the spirit of free will and the constitutional freedoms we enjoy in the U.S., am I too impulsive? Am I jeopardizing the very freedoms I cherish and that hold our communities together?
- I have the freedom to be unkind, for example, but should I be? What purpose will it serve?
- I'm free to speak whatever is on my mind, but who will benefit from my adrenalized rush (besides me)?
- I can post what I want on the Web, but what effect will it have on the person, the community, humanity, on my future self?
Are these fair questions?....