I’m using quotes here as in their way they relate to freedom as I see it –
Most of them are about rebellion –
‘I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves’. Harriet Tubman.
Born Maryland, USA, died March 1913: Harriet Tubman was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved people, family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad (wikipedia).
‘A little rebellion now and then is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government’. Thomas Jefferson
‘Art is fuelled by rebellion: the need, in some amounting to obsessions, to resist what is, to defy one’s elders, even to the point of ostracism; to define oneself, and by extension one’s generation, as new, novel, ungovernable’. Joyce Carol Oates
‘Rebellion cannot exist without a strange form of love’. Albert Camus
‘The spirit of rebellion which animated lovers of liberty from the 13th century onwards need to be reignited, so that the new generations assuming responsibility for the future understand that freedom is not just another word’. Frank Furedi, sociologist, commentator, author (in Spiked, May 2015).
I reckon it’s worth rebelling against any form or structure that seeks to limit our freedoms. Within the rule of law. But whose law is the greater? The inner one or the outer one?
Thank you for reading and I so appreciate your comments.