Freedom Is Not Free

It’s been two years since I’ve posted to my blog. The political climate here in the U.S. has aggravated the chronic illness that interferes with life on a daily basis, but I make the best use of time wherever possible.

The wearing of masks during this COVID pandemic has become a contested issue and one I feel compelled to weigh in on. I wrote this article between flareups and would like to share it with you now.

I hope to be back in blogging mode in a few months, when the chaos here in the U.S. sorts itself out. I miss writing and posting, visiting friends’ blogs, and I’ve desperately missed all of you!

 


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FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. It is earned. It is earned by being a responsible member of society.

Under the U.S. Constitution, we have certain inalienable rights. If we break the law – if we commit a willful act of violence – we could lose those rights temporarily or permanently and, thus, lose our freedom.

Not wearing a mask during this COVID pandemic is a willful act of violence, even if we tested negative a day ago or an hour ago. Why? 1. False negatives can and do occur; 2. We can contract the virus between the time we were tested and when we encounter others. If we do not wear a mask and then transmit the virus to another, this translates into criminally negligent homicide. Why? Because we have ignored the science and the health experts who repeatedly inform us that COVID is extremely virulent and masks should always be worn while we are in public. Thus, we willfully endanger the life of another.

If you say to me: “My freedom doesn’t end where your fear begins,” then I say to you: “My life doesn’t end where your denial begins.” If you say you have a right to freedom, then I say I have a right to life.

If you say I should remain isolated for fear of contracting COVID, then I say I’m not the anti-masker who could conceivably infect hundreds, if not thousands of others; and because I wear a mask, I’m not the potential living, breathing pathogen – you are. In our society, we quarantine those who are a danger to the lives of others.

I worked as an RN for decades and saw first-hand how quickly contagion spreads. I initiated isolation protocols more times than I can count. I sat with patients dying without the comfort of loved ones at their bedside. Thousands of COVID patients and their families have endured this. I do not want to be complicit in this tragedy.

Rights and freedoms coexist within a democratic society. They become mutually exclusive when one threatens the other.

Freedom is not free. Our right to freedom must be earned by respecting the rights of others and accepting responsibility for our actions.

Be well and stay safe, my friends.

Until the next time . . . Namaste ❤️

 

Featured image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

46 thoughts on “Freedom Is Not Free”

  1. Long time, no see! Good to see you! This is well-said, and I agree with you 100%. I have long said that my rights end at the point they step on yours, and this is the case today. Personal freedom does not include the right to put others’ lives at risk. Take care of yourself, Tina! Hugs!

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  2. What a lovely surprise to see a post from you, Tina. It has been a long time. I agree with you about the masks and have a post going out later this month about the history of pandemics and the historic use of masks and quarantine tactics to try and stop the spread.

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    1. Thanks so much, Robbie. I’ll look for your post with great interest and, if able, will comment and share. It will be gratifying to see such validation during these trying times. Take care, my friend. Hugs ❤️

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  3. I don’t agree at all, but I defend your right to state what you believe.

    In the USA, there is such a chasm between liberals and conservatives that my greatest concern at this moment is where this is headed.

    Leftists/liberals believe that if government says to do something, it’s “law.”

    Constitutionalists/conservatives follow what is in the bill of rights which have, in the last 100 years, been infringed upon. We remember the words of Ben Franklin: “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

    That is true freedom.

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    1. I’m a progressive, and I (1) absolutely do not believe that whatever government says is “law”; (2) believe in and follow the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution. Franklin’s actual quote was: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” He presumably wrote this in 1755 in a letter to the colonial governor on behalf of the Pennsylvania Assembly. The assembly wanted to tax the Penn family lands, which led to a power struggle between the governor and the assembly over funding for security on the frontier. Franklin’s letter wasn’t about liberty, but rather about taxes and the ability to raise money for defense against French and Indian attacks. Thus, this quote is clearly about money, not freedom.

      Inherent in liberty is responsibility and obligation to social welfare. I, too, am greatly concerned about the divisiveness within our country. It wasn’t always the abyss it is right now, and it won’t always be such. Yes, there always will be outliers, but I trust in our ability to unite for the common good.

      Thank you for stopping by and offering an opposing perspective. Experience has taught me that meeting opposition and dialoguing respectfully helps bring to light and clarify that which we have in common ❤️

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      1. I can’t thank you enough for discussing the issue instead of throwing *expletives* at me. 🙂

        I was confused by the different ways that the quote has been stated, until I found out that Benjamin Franklin had used variations of the same quote in other venues.

        I was fascinated to read about his views of the indigenous people. He believed that our government should take a lesson from the nations that became the Iroquois and spoke highly of the Iroquois laws.

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        1. I, too, am grateful that we can discuss this issue rather than argue. I have friends and family with differing views from mine, but I’ve learned that respect and an open heart will keep us bonded.

          I learned about Franklin’s respect for the Iroquois Confederacy some years ago, which made me ever more grateful for our Constitution and those who framed it.

          I look forward to further discussions with you. I have deep respect for anyone willing to engage in a healthy debate 🙂

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    1. Good point, Lucinda. It seems common sense has been obfuscated by deception. I know we’ll eventually clear the chaos and regain clarity, and I hope it happens sooner rather than later. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Hugs ❤️

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    1. Good to see you as well, John. I find it interesting (at times, down right infuriating) that people choose to believe the intractable ignorant over the competent experts. Perhaps it’s a deep-rooted insecurity seeking validation. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hugs ❤️

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    1. So happy to see you, too, Sister! I’ve missed you as well. Hopefully, I’m on the upswing; although there’s a good chance I could lose part of my health insurance. But I’m focusing my intention on the positive. Hugs ❤️

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    1. It’s good to see you here, Jemima. As you most likely guessed, I’m always masked when out and about 🙂 I’ve missed all of you as well and hope to be back to blogging soon. Chris is a gem 💎 Thanks so much for stopping by ❤️

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  4. Oh my goodness how true this post is. I’ve written of my personal experience of this nightmarish pandemic to warn others. People are crazy not to take it seriously. The nurses and doctors I know are now taking it VERY seriously.

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    1. Oh Brenda, thanks so much for stopping by and letting us know of your personal experience with COVID. Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your husband. I expect that people who don’t take this pandemic seriously haven’t experienced it within their circle of family and friends, and have little ability to extrapolate. I’m sending you lots of good energy and a very big hug ❤️

      For those of you reading this who would like to know more about Brenda’s experience with COVID, please visit her blog post: Coronavirus ~ a personal experience of Covid-19

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  5. I definitely shared a post from my blog onto FB from awhile ago! I like FB since I can get away with liking or loving posts but not spending daily hours on the posts. Peace and Vote! I already dropped my absentee ballot into the camera watched ballot box at the county Board of Elections! 🐘💙🐘

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    1. How not to spend hours on visiting blogs and commenting is a constant challenge and one I’ve yet to meet.

      Yay! You voted! I mailed my ballot and just received an email telling me it was received. BallotTrax is a great tool for this: Ballot Trax

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, Robin ❤️

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