Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Freedom and Knowledge #13

Is freedom acquired from knowledge?  Looking at society, we see all forms of knowledge being expressed in our immediate living environment--the cars, boats, planes, things in our houses etc.  But they are merely the tools of progression, the outcome of our learning.  We went to school, college or university to learn something to better ourselves and the world as a whole.  Did that happen?  Are we free because of knowledge?  Take a closer look, maybe you've had this awareness.  Again, you're full of knowledge about a certain something, but is all your education making you free and free from what?  We work to get to school, worked for the diploma, worked to get the job, work at the job or career and now hope to work until retirement.  Yes, this is very linear, but 90% of us are in this boat.
You see, knowledge is like a blanket over society, keeping everything connected in a web of progression--a constant cycle of pushing knowledge into the human being and hoping it fixes all the problems its creating.  Interesting.  The very thing it creates is the thing we're trying to overcome--the outcome of that knowledge. We truly hope that it somehow gives us some form of freedom from it all.  All what?  Our living condition, of course.  We want freedom from the violence, hate, war, suffering, hunger, disease and so on.  Don't we?
We want freedom from our suffering and sorrow, and presently, the only way to achieve that is through artificial means--knowledge.  Yet on the contrary, knowledge is where all our modern day conflicts are born from--it creates bombs, nuclear anything, cars, methods for retrieving oil, pollution, guns, plastics etc.  See this in our world, in your house, in the garage, living room, on TV or outside in the streets.  We pursue this pattern in response to our sense of natural self-preservation, but artificially, we know this is not a natural response.  Yet, we pursue this path in hopes the outcome leads to the promise we see in it--money for excessive or leisure pass-times.  Lets face it.  When it's time to stop work and enjoy the time in between clocking out and clocking back in, human beings just want to be lazy, do as we socially please.  With money in our pockets we enjoy foods, drink, events and nature--these are very basic and common human pleasures.  Do little as possible with others, eat, drink and sleep it all off.  What do we do on vacations, holidays, weekends or all?  Exactly.  These are expressions of freedom, although manufactured via knowledge, the result is exercising a form of freedom.
We're not saying we don't need to work and participate in society.  What then is freedom?  Not the idea, of course.  Ideas haven't made a single human being free, because our, so-called, freedom is socially connected--if something happens to one of us, it happens to all of us.  Let me clarify a bit more--if there is a war on the other side of the world, you don't have to hear the bullets to be effected.  The very "knowing" of war is the effect which either turns into empathy or relief.  Lets put the idea of freedom aside, and just look at what freedom is--isn't it to be free of conflict in the mind and outwardly in the world?  Meaning, if we're tormented inside then we will push that torment out into the world, and likewise, if one is content inwardly then the world will know and share that content.  Superficially, it also means to have opportunities in a country to open a business, get an education, escape political this and that and live.  Yet, running from one form of freedom to another is redundant, in that, these forms of freedom are all supported by knowledge, thus, will never produce true freedom of the mind.  There it is.
What is freedom which contains no knowledge nor history?  Knowledge is history.  It is born in the past, but is the mind aware of that fact and how it effects us?  No need to get deep here, but the mind is only aware in the absence of knowledge.  Knowledge has its place, but that place is limited as knowledge is, see it in our lives as there is a rule, procedure, practice, code, tradition, interpretation or pre-something in every aspect of our lives.  That's the limitation of ideal freedom, but intelligence is everlasting, expressive, vital and without a past.  See yourself asking, if freedom has a past, as real freedom can only express itself without a past or tradition.  Still, our knowledge is more important then our intelligence because its profitable--the mind is conditioned to it.  See this--if a bird had to "think" to fly, would it?