The problem with freedom is that we go about our lives with blinders on, only concerning ourselves with our individual narrow view, taking care of liberties only when oppression blocks our path. We don’t take notice of the restrictions to our right or to our left.
But the blockage that is off to one side, is the obstacle in the path of life of another.
Unless we regard liberty as an absolute necessity to the human condition, no one will be free. For the end of your journey is of no concern for those next to you, since their blinders prevent them from noticing.
This is how many individuals lose their freedom. Not through overwhelm, or gory violence, but rather it is chewed away in small but unmistakable bites, unnoticeable to onlookers, yet painful to the inflicted, until the whole of your liberties is utterly consumed.
Standing next to you, will be one who could have helped,
but you didn’t notice his being eaten either.