Unused Freedom

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”

– Soren Kierkegaard

It is natural, as a child
To dwell on the world we dwell in

Our parents, our home, our family and our friends are our world;
They are the world, to us

But in pursuing the business of being an adult
We are taught to look beyond the small confines of what we know personally

This leaves us to be prey
To the image-makers and “thought leaders”

They set the agenda for the day;
They can very well end up setting the agenda for our lives

So now, we no longer live in the world we actually experience
We live in a world we believe exists because we are told it does

As children we lived the life we knew first hand: now —
We focus our attention on a world constructed for us
One that we have never seen:
Spending our waking hours
Thinking the thoughts others want us to –

For, as adults,
We dwell in
Whatever “world”
We dwell

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