Freedom, Janice Joplin told, is “just another name for nothing left to lose.” In her song Bobby McGee. All of us, sitting in our homes, or the homes of family members now, have lost the freedom of movement we once discarded without thinking about it. If you think bout the consumer world we are in, the consumption of time is the one thing we’ve lost that may never return. I read an excellent essay on another site. It is a rhetorical question.
the focus now, for the most part, is the search for extraterritorial life, or life beyond the edges of Earth’s Atmosphere. It is the search for Aliens. Although interestingly, a person that enters a country they are not from is also called an alien. I wonder if travelers once donned green masks as they chased the border patrol and customers of the land they were entering.
Robert Heinlein wrote a book, “Stranger in a strange land,” the story of a child from a mission to Mars, whose parents died. The child was adopted by the native Martians and taught a different way. He indeed was a Stranger in this new strange land as he returned to earth. We, as a species, have had forced confinement in the past. In the middle ages in Europe, the inability to force people to stay home resulted in a cast she epidemic that killed nearly 1/3 of the people on the planet.
We are now stranger sin our own homes. Living inside what once was a castle, and is now a prison. But, we are not prisoners. We choose to solve a more significant problem by giving up some freedom. There will be travel again. There will be sporting events. For now, we share simple happy thoughts and pictures of beautiful flowers to help pass the time.
Today is the first day. Let’s laugh and share happy thoughts!